Definition of Hibernian in English:

Hibernian

adjective

  • Of or concerning Ireland (now chiefly used in names)

    ‘the Royal Hibernian Academy’
    • ‘He has exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Royal Ulster Academy and Watercolour Society Exhibitions.’
    • ‘But the politics of Hibernian equality are thorny, even among Hibernians.’
    • ‘Former Republic of Ireland manager he might be, but there is more Yorkshire bluntness than Hibernian blarney to Mick McCarthy's manner.’
    • ‘Next Saturday's match with Motherwell is more Hibernian than Celtic.’
    • ‘I cannot really do justice to this fine book, but the prospect of reciting it is tempting, filled as it is with the most wonderful dialogue ever to be uttered by Hibernian constabulary.’

noun

  • A native of Ireland (now chiefly used in names)

    ‘the Ancient Order of Hibernians’
    • ‘Another political body that attended the demonstrations regularly around this time was the Ancient Order of Hibernians.’
    • ‘Most of us thought that the Ancient Order of Hibernians in this country had dwindled to a handful of ancient Hibernians.’
    • ‘In the early years this parade was organized by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick; in 1838 the Ancient Order of Hibernians became sponsor and still holds the sponsorship today.’
    • ‘But the politics of Hibernian equality are thorny, even among Hibernians.’
    • ‘Founded in the United States in 1838, the Ancient Order of Hibernians has its roots in the 16th century.’

Origin

From Latin Hibernia (alteration of Iverna, from Greek I(w)ernē, of Celtic origin; related to Irish Éire, Éirinn Ireland: see Éire, Erin) + -an.

Pronunciation:

Hibernian

/hīˈbərnēən/