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The Latin and poetic name for the island of Ireland.

Hi·ber′ni·an adj. & n.


(haɪˈbɜːnɪə; hɪˈbɜːnɪə)
(Placename) the Roman name for Ireland1
Usage: This name is now used poetically


(ˈaɪər lənd)

1. Latin, Hibernia. an island of the British Isles, W of Great Britain, comprising Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. 32,375 sq. mi. (83,850 sq. km).
2. Republic of. Formerly, Irish Free State (1922–37), Eire (1937–49). a republic occupying most of the island of Ireland. 3,632,944; 27,137 sq. mi. (70,285 sq. km).Cap.: Dublin. Irish, Eire.
Ire′land•er, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Hibernia - an island comprising the republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland
battle of Boyne, Boyne - a battle in the War of the Grand Alliance in Ireland in 1690; William III defeated the deposed James II and so ended the Catholicism that had been reintroduced in England by the Stuarts
Drogheda - in 1649 the place was captured by Oliver Cromwell, who massacred the Catholic inhabitants
water spaniel - any dog of two large curly-coated breeds used for hunting waterfowl
shillalah, shillelagh - a cudgel made of hardwood (usually oak or blackthorn)
patronym, patronymic - a family name derived from name of your father or a paternal ancestor (especially with an affix (such as -son in English or O'- in Irish) added to the name of your father or a paternal ancestor)
Irish Gaelic, Irish - the Celtic language of Ireland
keen - a funeral lament sung with loud wailing
ceilidh - an informal social gathering at which there is Scottish or Irish folk music and singing and folk dancing and story telling
barmbrack - a rich currant cake or bun
Aran Islands - three small islands belonging to Ireland at the entrance to Galway Bay
British Isles - Great Britain and Ireland and adjacent islands in the north Atlantic
Northern Ireland - a division of the United Kingdom located on the northern part of the island of Ireland
Eire, Ireland, Irish Republic, Republic of Ireland - a republic consisting of 26 of 32 counties comprising the island of Ireland; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1921
ben - a mountain or tall hill; "they were climbing the ben"
Ana - mother of the ancient Irish gods; sometimes identified with Danu
Aengus, Angus, Angus Og, Oengus - Celtic god of love and beauty; patron deity of young men and women
Boann - Celtic goddess; mother of Angus Og
Brigit - Celtic goddess of fire and fertility and agriculture and household arts and wisdom; later associated with Saint Bridget
Dagda - chief Celtic god of the Tuatha De Danann; father of Angus Og and Brigit
Dana, Danu - Celtic goddess who was the mother of the Tuatha De Danann; identified with the Welsh Don
Fomor, Fomorian - one of a group of Celtic sea demons sometimes associated with the hostile power of nature
Gwydion - Celtic sky god; a magician; giver of arts and civilization
Ler, Lir - the sea personified; father of Manannan; corresponds to Welsh Llyr
Lug, Lugh - ancient Celtic god
Manannan - Celtic god of the sea; son of Ler
Morrigan, Morrigu - Celtic war goddess
Tuatha De, Tuatha De Danann - race of Celtic gods or demigods; ruled Ireland in the Golden Age
banshee, banshie - (Irish folklore) a female spirit who wails to warn of impending death
Irelander, Irish person - a native or inhabitant of Ireland
Irishman - a man who is a native or inhabitant of Ireland
Irishwoman - a woman who is a native or inhabitant of Ireland
macushla - (an Irish term of address expressing affection) darling
O'Toole, Peter O'Toole, Peter Seamus O'Toole - British actor (born in Ireland in 1932)


[haɪˈbɜːnɪə] NHibernia f
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After having skirted the sands of Cartier, of Hibernia, Seringapatam, and Scott, last efforts of the solid against the liquid element, on the 14th of January we lost sight of land altogether.