From Old Irish fíann, from Proto-Celtic *wēnos (“hero”), from Proto-Indo-European *wenh₁- (“strive for, wish, desire”). Cognate with Latin vēnor (“I hunt”), Old English wynn (“joy, desire”) and Old Norse vinr (“friend”). Akin to Irish fine.
- (historical, literary, Irish mythology) roving band of warrior-hunters
- band of soldiers
- (by extension) band, group
Forms with the definite article
|Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.
- "fiann" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
- Etymological Dictionary of the Gaelic Language, Alexander MacBain, Eneas Mackay, 1911