[ ri-puhb-li-kuhn ]
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  1. of, relating to, or of the nature of a republic.

  2. favoring a republic.

  1. fitting or appropriate for the citizen of a republic: a very republican notion.

  2. (initial capital letter) of or relating to the Republican Party.

  1. a person who favors a republican form of government.

  2. (initial capital letter) a member of the Republican Party.

Origin of republican

First recorded in 1685–95, republican is from the French word républicain, Middle French. See republic, -an

Other words from republican

  • an·ti·re·pub·li·can, adjective, noun
  • half-re·pub·li·can, adjective
  • non·re·pub·li·can, adjective, noun
  • pre·re·pub·li·can, adjective
  • pro·re·pub·li·can, adjective, noun
  • pseu·do·re·pub·li·can, adjective
  • sem·i·re·pub·li·can, adjective, noun
  • un·re·pub·li·can, adjective

Words Nearby republican Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use republican in a sentence

  • And this went on during the whole of the time this country was blessed with Cromwell and a republican Government.

    Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
  • His sympathies were essentially democratic; himself one of the people, he believed thoroughly in republican ideas.

    Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
  • In his own opinion no better agent could have been found in the rle of a stern, unbending republican and fiery Jacobin.

    Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
  • The king hoped, by the appointment of a republican ministry, to pacify the democratic spirit.

  • She comprehended at a glance his herculean abilities, and the important aid he could render the republican cause.

British Dictionary definitions for republican (1 of 2)


/ (rɪˈpʌblɪkən) /

  1. of, resembling, or relating to a republic

  2. supporting or advocating a republic

  1. a supporter or advocate of a republic

British Dictionary definitions for Republican (2 of 2)


/ (rɪˈpʌblɪkən) /

  1. of, belonging to, or relating to a Republican Party

  2. of, belonging to, or relating to the Irish Republican Army

  1. a member or supporter of a Republican Party

  2. a member or supporter of the Irish Republican Army

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Cultural definitions for Republican


A member of the Republican party.

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