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loyalist

[loi-uh-list]
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noun
  1. a person who is loyal; a supporter of the sovereign or of the existing government, especially in time of revolt.
  2. (sometimes initial capital letter) a person who remained loyal to the British during the American Revolution; Tory.
  3. (initial capital letter) an adherent of the republic during the Spanish Civil War, opposed to Franco.
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Origin of loyalist

First recorded in 1640–50; loyal + -ist
Related formsloy·al·ism, noun
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Related Words for loyalist

follower, patriot, chauvinist

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British Dictionary definitions for loyalist

loyalist

noun
  1. a patriotic supporter of his sovereign or government
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Derived Formsloyalism, noun

Loyalist

noun
  1. (in Northern Ireland) any of the Protestants wishing to retain Ulster's link with Britain
  2. (in North America) an American colonist who supported Britain during the War of American Independence
  3. (in Canada) short for United Empire Loyalist
  4. (during the Spanish Civil War) a supporter of the republican government
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Word Origin and History for loyalist

n.

1680s, from loyal + -ist. Meaning different persons in different times and places.

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