right wing


members of a conservative or reactionary political party, or those opposing extensive political reform.
such a political party or a group of such parties.
that part of a political or social organization advocating a conservative or reactionary position: The union's right wing favored a moderate course of action.

Nearby words

  1. right up one's alley,
  2. right ventricle,
  3. right ventricular failure,
  4. right ventricular opening,
  5. right whale,
  6. right-angled,
  7. right-angled triangle,
  8. right-brained,
  9. right-branching,
  10. right-click

Origin of right wing

First recorded in 1930–35

Related formsright-wing, adjectiveright-wing·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for right wing

right wing


(often capitals) the conservative faction of an assembly, party, etc
the part of an army or field of battle on the right from the point of view of one facing the enemy
  1. the right-hand side of the field of play from the point of view of a team facing its opponent's goal
  2. a player positioned in this area in any of various games
  3. the position occupied by such a player

adjective right-wing

of, belonging to, or relating to the right wing
Derived Formsright-winger, noun

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Word Origin and History for right wing

right wing


1570s of armies; from 1882 in football; 1905 in the political sense (cf. left wing). Right-winger attested by 1919 in U.S. politics, 1895 in sports.

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