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IRELAND

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Ireland mean? 

IRELAND (noun)
  The noun IRELAND has 2 senses:

1. a republic consisting of 26 of 32 counties comprising the island of Ireland; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1921
2. an island comprising the republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland

  Familiarity information: IRELAND used as a noun is rare.


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IRELAND (noun)


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Meaning:

A republic consisting of 26 of 32 counties comprising the island of Ireland; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1921

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

Eire; Ireland; Irish Free State

Instance hypernyms:

European country; European nation (countries occupying the European continent)

Meronyms (parts of "Ireland"):

capital of Ireland; Dublin; Irish capital (capital and largest city and major port of the Irish Free State)

Galway (a port city in western Ireland on Galway Bay)

Limerick (port city in southwestern Ireland)

Tara (a village in eastern Ireland (northwest of Dublin); seat of Irish kings until 6th century)

Waterford (a port city in southern Ireland; famous for glass industry)

Cork (a port city in southern Ireland)

Domain member region:

Dissident Irish Republican Army; Real IRA; Real Irish Republican Army; RIRA (a radical terrorist group that broke away in 1997 when the mainstream Provisional IRA proposed a cease-fire; has continued terrorist activities in opposition to any peace agreement)

IRA; Irish Republican Army; Provisional IRA; Provisional Irish Republican Army; Provos (a militant organization of Irish nationalists who used terrorism and guerilla warfare in an effort to drive British forces from Northern Ireland and achieve a united independent Ireland)

Catholic Reaction Force; INLA; Irish National Liberation Army; People's Liberation Army; People's Republican Army (a radical terrorist group dedicated to the removal of British forces from Northern Ireland and the unification of Ireland)

CIRA; Continuity Army Council; Continuity Irish Republican Army (a terrorist organization formed in Ireland in 1994 as a clandestine armed wing of Sinn Fein)

Holonyms ("Ireland" is a part of...):

Emerald Isle; Hibernia; Ireland (an island comprising the republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland)

Europe (the 2nd smallest continent (actually a vast peninsula of Eurasia); the British use 'Europe' to refer to all of the continent except the British Isles)

Holonyms ("Ireland" is a member of...):

British Commonwealth; Commonwealth of Nations (an association of nations consisting of the United Kingdom and its dependencies and many former British colonies that are now sovereign states but owe allegiance to the British Crown)

Common Market; EC; EEC; EU; Europe; European Community; European Economic Community; European Union (an international organization of European countries formed after World War II to reduce trade barriers and increase cooperation among its members)


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Meaning:

An island comprising the republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

Emerald Isle; Hibernia; Ireland

Instance hypernyms:

island (a land mass (smaller than a continent) that is surrounded by water)

Meronyms (parts of "Ireland"):

Northern Ireland (a division of the United Kingdom located on the northern part of the island of Ireland)

Eire; Ireland; Irish Free State (a republic consisting of 26 of 32 counties comprising the island of Ireland; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1921)

Aran Islands (three small islands belonging to Ireland at the entrance to Galway Bay)

Meronyms (members of "Ireland"):

Irishman (a man who is a native or inhabitant of Ireland)

Irelander; Irish person (a native or inhabitant of Ireland)

Irishwoman (a woman who is a native or inhabitant of Ireland)

Domain member region:

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)

O'Toole; Peter O'Toole; Peter Seamus O'Toole (British actor (born in Ireland in 1932))

Lug; Lugh (ancient Celtic god)

macushla ((an Irish term of address expressing affection) darling)

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)

Dana; Danu (Celtic goddess who was the mother of the Tuatha De Danann; identified with the Welsh Don)

Dagda (chief Celtic god of the Tuatha De Danann; father of Angus Og and Brigit)

Brigit (Celtic goddess of fire and fertility and agriculture and household arts and wisdom; later associated with Saint Bridget)

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; Irish Gaelic (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)

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)

ben (a mountain or tall hill)

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)

Instance hyponyms:

Erin (an early name of Ireland that is now used in poetry)

Holonyms ("Ireland" is a part of...):

British Isles (Great Britain and Ireland and adjacent islands in the north Atlantic)


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