[ih-gal-i-tair-ee-uh n]


asserting, resulting from, or characterized by belief in the equality of all people, especially in political, economic, or social life.


a person who adheres to egalitarian beliefs.

Origin of egalitarian

1880–85; alteration of equalitarian with French égal replacing equal
Related formse·gal·i·tar·i·an·ism, nounan·ti·e·gal·i·tar·i·an, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for egalitarian

equitable, democratic, even-handed, impartial, just, unbiased

Examples from the Web for egalitarian

Contemporary Examples of egalitarian

Historical Examples of egalitarian

  • But though it tended to be egalitarian it did not, of itself, tend to be humanitarian.

  • There was a declared intention of an egalitarian redistribution of wealth and assets.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • Serbs, Bosnians and Croats divided the loot with the loftiest of egalitarian instincts.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • Indeed, there was something in the very crudity of his social compliment that smacked, strangely enough, of that egalitarian soil.

    What I Saw in America

    G. K. Chesterton

  • Most work beyond the primary work of agriculture was guarded by the egalitarian vigilance of the Guilds.

British Dictionary definitions for egalitarian



of, relating to, or upholding the doctrine of the equality of mankind and the desirability of political, social, and economic equality


an adherent of egalitarian principles
Derived Formsegalitarianism, noun

Word Origin for egalitarian

C19: alteration of equalitarian, through influence of French égal equal
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Word Origin and History for egalitarian

1885, from French égalitaire, from Old French egalite, from Latin aequalitatem (see equality). The noun is 1920.

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