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 (fĕ-dä′yē′, -dä′ē′, -dă′-)
n. pl. fe·da·yeen (-yēn′, -ēn′)
A commando or guerrilla, especially an Arab commando operating in the Middle East.

[Arabic fidā'ī, one who sacrifices himself, from fidā', sacrifice, ransom, from fadā, to sacrifice, ransom; see pdy in Semitic roots.]


n, pl -yeen (-jiːn)
(sometimes capital) (in Arab states) a commando, esp one fighting against Israel
[from Arabic fidā'i one who risks his life in a cause, from fidā' redemption]


(fɛ dɑˈyi)

n., pl. -yeen (-ˈyin)
a member of an Arab commando group operating esp. against Israel.
[1950–55; < dial. Arabic fidā'ī (pl. fidā'īyīn) one who sacrifices himself (especially for his country)]
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