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1 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 [syn: Irish Republican Army, Provisional Irish Republican Army, Provisional IRA, Provos]
2 a self-funded retirement plan that allows you to contribute a limited yearly sum toward your retirement; taxes on the interest earned in the account are deferred [syn: individual retirement account]
3 belligerence aroused by a real or supposed wrong (personified as one of the deadly sins) [syn: wrath, anger, ire]

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Hebrew "watchful", a minor biblical character (2Samuel 20:26)


Proper noun

  1. A given name, mostly of American usage.

Extensive Definition

IRA as an abbreviation most commonly refers to:
IRA as an abbreviation may also refer to:

"Ira" as a name

Ira as a name may refer to:

Given name

  • Ira (עִירָא, Standard Hebrew , Tiberian Hebrew ), a Hebrew language personal name
  • "Ira", a diminutive form of the name Irina
  • Ira Gershwin, lyricist and brother of composer George Gershwin
  • Ira Flatow, American journalist
  • Ira Glass, American radio personality
  • Ira Goldstein, ASB Bank character.
  • Ira Hayes, a U.S. Marine, immortalized in the iconic photograph of the flag raising on Iwo Jima
  • Ira Levin, a U.S. novelist
  • Ira Kaplan, a U.S. musician, singer and guitarist for Yo La Tengo
  • Ira, nickname of Indira Vladić, Croatian singer
  • Ira, nickname of Irawati Ridwan, Saiful Rahman's Wife Banyuwangi East Java Indonesia
  • Dr. Ira Graves, PhD, a fictional character from the Star Trek universe who appeared in the episode The Schizoid Man of the Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series.


  • Ira (mythology), a goddess in Polynesian mythology
  • "Ira", another name for goddess of Knowledge, Saraswati in Hindu mythology

Place name


  • Ayra, a fictional character from Nintendo's Fire Emblem series, more specifically the Super Famicom game called Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu. Known in Japan as "Ira".
  • Ira!, a popular Brazilian Rock'n'Roll band.
  • IRA, a Polish rock band, popular in the early 90s
  • Ira Latin word for Wrath, one of the seven deadly sins.
Ira in Danish: IRA (flertydig)
Ira in German: Ira
Ira in Esperanto: IRA
Ira in French: IRA
Ira in Korean: IRA
Ira in Italian: IRA
Ira in Japanese: IRA
Ira in Polish: IRA
Ira in Kölsch: IRA (Watt ėßß datt?)
Ira in Volapük: Ira
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