[ gib-uh-lin, -leen ]
/ ˈgɪb ə lɪn, -ˌlin /


a member of the aristocratic party in medieval Italy and Germany that supported the claims of the German emperors against the papacy: politically opposed to the Guelphs.


of or relating to the Ghibellines.

Origin of Ghibelline

1565–75; < Italian Ghibellino < Middle High German *wībeling- (German Waiblingen) a Hohenstaufen estate in Germany
Related formsGhib·el·lin·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ghibelline


/ (ˈɡɪbɪˌlaɪn, -ˌliːn) /


a member of the political faction in medieval Italy originally based on support for the German emperor
(modifier) of or relating to the GhibellinesCompare Guelph 1
Derived FormsGhibellinism, noun

Word Origin for Ghibelline

C16: from Italian Ghibellino, probably from Middle High German Waiblingen, a Hohenstaufen estate
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Word Origin and History for ghibelline


adherent of the emperor in medieval Italy, 1570s, from German Waiblingen, seat of the Hohenstaufens in Württemberg. The name was said to have been used as a rallying cry by partisans of Conrad III at the Battle of Weinsberg (1140). See Guelph.

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