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.
- Ghib·el·lin·ism, noun
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How to use Ghibelline in a sentence
Only Pisa, glorying in the strength of the sea and the splendour of war, was Ghibelline, with Siena on her sunny hills.
Pisa was perhaps influenced, too, in her choice of the Ghibelline side by the interference of the Papacy against her in Corsica.
If Pisa fell, it was just and right; for that she was Ghibelline, and would not make one with her sisters.
The old palace in which the Ghibelline parliament met still stands on the Piazza del Mercato.Italian Highways and Byways from a Motor Car | Francis Miltoun
We can now understand the Guelf and Ghibelline struggles of the thirteenth century.Villani's Chronicle | Giovanni Villani
British Dictionary definitions for Ghibelline
a member of the political faction in medieval Italy originally based on support for the German emperor
(modifier) of or relating to the Ghibellines: Compare Guelph 1
- Ghibellinism, noun
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