- a part of the refrain to a song deriding the Irish Roman Catholics, popular in England during and after the revolution of 1688.
- the song, or the tune to which it was sung.
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Examples from the Web for lillibullero
A lively song from you—lillibullero from a death's-head—ha, ha!Rookwood
William Harrison Ainsworth
With what bitterness he's giving us 'Lillibullero,' and he scarcely able to sit on his horse!Willy Reilly
One of the characteristics of the good old soldier is his trick of whistling Lillibullero.The History of England from the Accession of James II.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
The ballad of "Lillibullero," a scurrilous attack on the Irish recruits, was sung from one end of England to the other.History of the English People, Volume VII (of 8)
John Richard Green
An instance in point is the celebrated poem "Lillibullero," or, as it is sometimes written, "Lilli Burlero."Political and Literary essays, 1908-1913