Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A region that is culturally or historically related to one nation but is subject to a foreign government.

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  • n. Any region whose inhabitants are ethnically related to those of another state

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A region that is related ethnically or historically to one country but is controlled politically by another.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a region that is related ethnically or historically to one country but is controlled politically by another

Etymologies

From Italian (Italia) irredenta, unredeemed (Italy), Italian-speaking areas subject to other countries, feminine of irredento : in-, not (from Latin; see in-1) + redento, redeemed (from Latin redemptus, past participle of redimere, to redeem; see redeem).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • 'A region that is culturally or historically related to one nation but is subject to a foreign government.'

    January 29, 2008