[ jak-uh-bahyt ]

  1. a partisan or adherent of James II of England after his overthrow (1688), or of the Stuarts.

  2. a member of the Syrian Monophysitic church, which was founded in the 6th century a.d. and was governed by the patriarch of Antioch.

Origin of Jacobite

1400–50; (in def. 2) late Middle English (<Middle French ) <Medieval Latin Jacōbīta, after Jacobus Baradaeus, bishop of Edessa (died 578); (in def. 1) cf. James; see -ite1

Other words from Jacobite

  • Jac·o·bit·ic [jak-uh-bit-ik], /ˌdʒæk əˈbɪt ɪk/, Jac·o·bit·i·cal, adjective
  • Jac·o·bit·ism, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for Jacobite


/ (ˈdʒækəˌbaɪt) /

  1. British history an adherent of James II after his overthrow in 1688, or of his descendants in their attempts to regain the throne

  2. a member of the Monophysite Church of Syria, which became a schismatic church in 451 ad

Origin of Jacobite

C17: from Late Latin Jacōbus James + -ite 1

Derived forms of Jacobite

  • Jacobitic (ˌdʒækəˈbɪtɪk), adjective
  • Jacobitism, noun

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