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.
fiann f (genitive singular féinne, nominative plural fianna)
- (historical, literary, Irish mythology) roving band of warrior-hunters
- band of soldiers
- (by extension) band, group
Terms related to fiann
- féinní m (“member of legendary Fianna; (roving) warrior; soldier; champion”)
- fiannach (“having, pertaining to, warrior bands; pertaining to the ancient Fianna; ancient, pertaining to antiquity”, adjective)
- fiannaí m (“teller of stories of the ancient Fianna; one versed in ancient lore; romancer, story-teller”)
- fiannaíocht f (“service with ancient warrior band; service in Fianna; stories, lays, of the Fianna; ancient lore; romantic story-telling”)
- fiannlaoch m (“member of warrior band”)
|Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.