- a person whose activities or beliefs are characterized by unionism.
- a member of a trade union.
- (initial capital letter) a supporter of the federal union of the United States of America, especially during the Civil War.
- British Politics. (formerly) an upholder of the legislative union of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Origin of unionist
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Examples from the Web for unionist
Why should I see any value in disrespecting the unionist community?Former IRA Man Says he Would Welcome Cameras For QE2 Handshake Tomorrow
June 26, 2012
His unionist opponents, however, are determined to force a simple, one-question referendum on Salmond: yes or no to independence?A Stand-Alone Scotland
January 11, 2012
Those Radicals who had become Unionist wrote to congratulate me.The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)
Speaking of the Unionist lack of courage, you must not be too much surprised.
In six months he was Unionist to the backbone, and not only Unionist but Conservative.
You never see a Unionist idling the day away at street-corners.
All their rejoicing passed off without a word of dissent from any Unionist.
- (sometimes not capital)
- (before 1920) a supporter of the union of all Ireland and Great Britain
- (since 1920) a supporter of union between Britain and Northern Ireland
- a supporter of the US federal Union, esp during the Civil War
- of, resembling, or relating to Unionists
- a supporter or advocate of unionism or union
- a member of a trade union
- mainly British of or relating to union or unionism, esp trade unionism
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