Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A commando or guerrilla, especially an Arab commando operating in the Middle East.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An Arab guerilla or commando.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a member of an Arab paramilitary organization, predominantly Palestinian, which performs commando raids, especially against Israel or Israeli targets. Usually used in the plural.

Etymologies

Arabic fidā'ī, one who sacrifices himself, from fidā', sacrifice, ransom, from fadā, to sacrifice, ransom; see pdy in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Arabic فدائيون‎. (Wiktionary)

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