[ 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 forms

Ghib·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 Forms

Ghibellinism, noun

Word Origin for Ghibelline

C16: from Italian Ghibellino, probably from Middle High German Waiblingen, a Hohenstaufen estate
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