Definition of Irish American in US English:

Irish American

noun

  • An American who is of Irish descent.

    ‘this book is an attempt to address what it means to be an Irish American’
    • ‘The 28-year-old Irish American is a corporal in the US Marine Corps.’
    • ‘March 17 is the feast of St. Patrick, the most important holiday of the year for Irish Americans.’
    • ‘Thanks for a marvelous website for me, an Irish American, to find help about my roots!’
    • ‘Having grown up as an Irish American, you think you know what Ireland will be like.’
    • ‘The most daring bunch of financial players in late 1920s Wall Street were Irish Americans.’
    • ‘This was yet another great story of success for the very ambitious young self-educated Irish American from Roxbury.’
    • ‘Still, no Irish American had risen in the ranks or built the alliances that Joe Kennedy had.’
    • ‘Today, there is a resurgence of interest in the Irish language among many Irish Americans.’
    • ‘A third-generation Irish American, he is the chairman of the American Ireland Fund, which has raised more than $100 million for Irish charities.’
    • ‘A different and very special kind of Irish American emerged in politics very early in the history of the Irish immigrant.’

adjective

  • Relating to or denoting Irish Americans.

    ‘corned beef and cabbage is really an Irish-American dish’
    • ‘His father was of German and Italian background; his mother was Irish American.’
    • ‘Many firemen are Irish American or Italian American, and many had fathers and uncles in the department before them.’
    • ‘We were guests in a suburban Irish-American Boston neighbourhood.’
    • ‘He was one of the pioneers of the Irish-American involvement in the peace process.’
    • ‘The man who hired me definitely wasn't Irish American.’
    • ‘The Irish-American media have also made allegations about the handling of the parade finances.’
    • ‘A great deal of scholarship has gone into Anglo-Irish and Irish-American relations.’
    • ‘O' Brien is the president of the Irish American Society of Mineola.’
    • ‘Irish American Catholics are unique in great part because their antecedents were deeply Catholic in their worldview.’
    • ‘He has already secured the backing of a wealthy Irish-American businessman.’