a partisan or adherent of James II of England after his overthrow (1688), or of the Stuarts.
a member of the Syrian Monophysitic church, which was founded in the 6th century a.d. and was governed by the patriarch of Antioch.

Origin of Jacobite

1400–50; (in def 2) late Middle English (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin Jacōbīta, after Jacobus Baradaeus, bishop of Edessa (died 578); (in def 1) cf. James; see -ite1

Related formsJac·o·bit·ic [jak-uh-bit-ik] /ˌdʒæk əˈbɪt ɪk/, Jac·o·bit·i·cal, adjectiveJac·o·bit·ism, noun

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British history an adherent of James II after his overthrow in 1688, or of his descendants in their attempts to regain the throne
a member of the Monophysite Church of Syria, which became a schismatic church in 451 ad
Derived FormsJacobitic (ˌdʒækəˈbɪtɪk), adjectiveJacobitism, noun

Word Origin for Jacobite

C17: from Late Latin Jacōbus James + -ite 1

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