Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

Guelph1

or Guelf

[gwelf]
noun
  1. a member of the political party in medieval Italy and Germany that supported the sovereignty of the papacy against the German emperors: opposed to the Ghibellines.
  2. a member of a secret society in Italy in the early 19th century that opposed foreign rulers and reactionary ideas.
Show More

Origin of Guelph1

1570–80; < Italian Guelfo < Middle High German Welf name of founder of a princely German family
Related formsGuelph·ic, Guelf·ic, adjectiveGuelph·ism, Guelf·ism, noun

Guelph2

[gwelf]
noun
  1. a city in SE Ontario, in S Canada.
Show More
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for guelph

Historical Examples

  • The town was fairly torn up with these nursery Guelph and Ghibelline wars.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • This infuriated the others, and the town was split into Guelph and Ghibelline.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • The struggle between Guelph and Ghibelline was their opportunity.

  • He schemed all this with the aid of a Guelph that dwelt in Arezzo as a red-hot Ghibelline.

    The God of Love

    Justin Huntly McCarthy

  • He could never become a Guelph, he told his venerable friend.


British Dictionary definitions for guelph

Guelph1

Guelf

noun
  1. a member of the political faction in medieval Italy that supported the power of the pope against the German emperorsCompare Ghibelline
  2. a member of a secret society in 19th-century Italy opposed to foreign rule
Show More
Derived FormsGuelphic or Guelfic, adjectiveGuelphism or Guelfism, noun

Guelph2

noun
  1. a city in Canada, in SE Ontario. Pop: 106 920 (2001)
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for guelph

Guelph

one of the two great parties in medieval Italian politics, characterized by support of the popes against the emperors (opposed to the Ghibellines), 1570s, from Italian Guelfo, from Old High German Welf, name of a princely family that became the ducal house of Brunswick, literally "whelp," originally the name of the founder. The family are the ancestors of the present dynasty of Great Britain. The name is said to have been used as a war-cry at the Battle of Weinsberg (1140) by partisans of Henry the Lion, duke of Bavaria, who was of the family, against Emperor Conrad III; hence it was adopted in Italy as the name of the anti-imperial party.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper