- 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
Examples from the Web for ghibelline
The town was fairly torn up with these nursery Guelph and Ghibelline wars.
This infuriated the others, and the town was split into Guelph and Ghibelline.
For myself, if we had a Guelphic order, I should choose to remain a Ghibelline.
The struggle between Guelph and Ghibelline was their opportunity.The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy
He schemed all this with the aid of a Guelph that dwelt in Arezzo as a red-hot Ghibelline.The God of Love
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- 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
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.