1. French History. a member of a political party (1791–93) of moderate republicans whose leaders were deputies from the department of Gironde.
  1. of or relating to the Girondists.

Origin of Girondist

From the French word Girondiste, dating back to 1785–95. See Gironde, -ist
Related formsGi·ron·dism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for girondist


  1. a member of a party of moderate republicans during the French Revolution, many of whom came from Gironde: overthrown (1793) by their rivals the JacobinsSee also Jacobin (def. 1)
  1. of or relating to the Girondists or their principles
Derived FormsGirondism, noun
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Word Origin and History for girondist



1795, member of the moderate republican party of France, 1791-93, from Gironde, name of a deputy in southwestern France; the faction so called because its leaders were deputies elected from there.

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