- a member of the political party in medieval Italy and Germany that supported the sovereignty of the papacy against the German emperors: opposed to the Ghibellines.
- a member of a secret society in Italy in the early 19th century that opposed foreign rulers and reactionary ideas.
Origin of Guelph1
- a city in SE Ontario, in S Canada.
Examples from the Web for guelph
The town was fairly torn up with these nursery Guelph and Ghibelline wars.
This infuriated the others, and the town was split into Guelph and Ghibelline.
The struggle between Guelph and Ghibelline was their opportunity.The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy
He schemed all this with the aid of a Guelph that dwelt in Arezzo as a red-hot Ghibelline.The God of Love
Justin Huntly McCarthy
He could never become a Guelph, he told his venerable friend.In The Fire Of The Forge, Complete
- a member of the political faction in medieval Italy that supported the power of the pope against the German emperorsCompare Ghibelline
- a member of a secret society in 19th-century Italy opposed to foreign rule
- a city in Canada, in SE Ontario. Pop: 106 920 (2001)
Word Origin and History for guelph
one of the two great parties in medieval Italian politics, characterized by support of the popes against the emperors (opposed to the Ghibellines), 1570s, from Italian Guelfo, from Old High German Welf, name of a princely family that became the ducal house of Brunswick, literally "whelp," originally the name of the founder. The family are the ancestors of the present dynasty of Great Britain. The name is said to have been used as a war-cry at the Battle of Weinsberg (1140) by partisans of Henry the Lion, duke of Bavaria, who was of the family, against Emperor Conrad III; hence it was adopted in Italy as the name of the anti-imperial party.