Ghibelline

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

noun

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.

adjective

of or relating to the Ghibellines.

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Origin of Ghibelline

1565–75; <Italian Ghibellino<Middle High German *wībeling- (German Waiblingen) a Hohenstaufen estate in Germany

OTHER WORDS FROM Ghibelline

Ghib·el·lin·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for Ghibelline

Ghibelline
/ (ˈɡɪbɪˌlaɪn, -ˌliːn) /

noun

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 of Ghibelline

Ghibellinism, noun

Word Origin for Ghibelline

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