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 (ôr′ĭnj-mən, ŏr′-)
1. A member of a secret society founded in Northern Ireland in 1795 to maintain the political and religious ascendancy of Protestantism.
2. A Protestant Irishman.

[After William, Prince of Orangelater King William III of England, Scotland, and Ireland.]
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n, pl -men
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a member of a society founded in Ireland (1795) to uphold the Protestant religion, the Protestant dynasty, and the Protestant constitution. Orange Lodges have since spread to many parts of the former British Empire
[C18: after William, prince of Orange (king of England as William III)]
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(ˈɔr ɪndʒ mən, ˈɒr-)

n., pl. -men.
1. a member of a secret Protestant society formed in the north of Ireland in 1795.
2. a Protestant of Northern Ireland.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Orangeman - a member of a society founded in Ireland in 1795 to uphold Protestantism and the British sovereign
Association of Orangemen, Orange Order - a Protestant political organization in Northern Ireland
Protestant - an adherent of Protestantism
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And quite enchanted with his joke, the ferocious Orangeman took his cresset and his keys to conduct Cornelius to the cell, which on that very morning Cornelius de Witt had left to go into exile, or what in revolutionary times is meant instead by those sublime philosophers who lay it down as an axiom of high policy, "It is the dead only who do not return."
"Praise God I'm not a bloomin' Orangeman," was the answer.
A SENIOR Orangeman yesterday vowed not to walk away from the long-running Drumcree dispute.
One Orangeman said: "I know its supposed to be humorous but the whole mood is quite Ku Klux Clanish and there are two Orangemen amongst them.
A solitary Orangeman stands on the hill at Drumcree Parish Church as his comrades were again barred from marching
Leading Orangeman Mark Harbinson was one of four Orangemen who pleaded guilty to rioting.
First Minister David Trimble - an Ulster Unionist and Orangeman - visited some of the injured in hospital yesterday.
Orangeman Steven Miller, 52, said: "It has been our culture for centuries to walk down the Garvaghy Road.
Yet, as was once admitted by Sir George Clarke, an eminent Ulster Orangeman, that civil and religious liberty has its limits.
Historian and Orangeman, Sam Carrothers, described the Williamite paintings as "hugely significant".
His words were echoed by First Minister David Trimble - himself an Orangeman - who said dialogue was the only way the Portadown Orangemen could achieve their aims.
Mr Pickering who has served in parishes in the Irish Republic, said he was not an Orangeman, and had no political views on the crisis.