a supporter or adherent of a king or royal government, especially in times of rebellion or civil war.
(initial capital letter) a Cavalier adherent of Charles I of England.
a loyalist in the American Revolution; Tory.
(initial capital letter) an adherent of the house of Bourbon in France.


of or relating to royalists: royalist sympathies.

Origin of royalist

First recorded in 1635–45; royal + -ist
Related formsroy·al·ism, nounroy·al·is·tic, adjectivean·ti·roy·al·ism, nounan·ti·roy·al·ist, noun, adjectivenon·roy·al·ist, nounul·tra·roy·al·ist, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for royalist

Contemporary Examples of royalist

Historical Examples of royalist

  • All the convent was royalist, and Henri V. was their recognised sovereign.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • He may be a Republican, and he must uphold with warmth and conviction Royalist theories.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • Marked ye not that he claimed to have been the last Royalist who drew sword in England?

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Sir Matthew Hale, as most of our readers must be aware, was a devoted Royalist.

  • Wilson—that was his name in those days—was a Royalist when I encountered him.

British Dictionary definitions for royalist



a supporter of a monarch or monarchy, esp a supporter of the Stuarts during the English Civil War
informal an extreme reactionary or conservativean economic royalist

adjective Also: royalistic

of, characteristic of, or relating to royalists
Derived Formsroyalism, noun
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Word Origin and History for royalist

1640s, from royal + -ist. In England, a partizan of Charles I and II during the Civil War; in the U.S., an adherent of British government during the Revolution; in France, a supporter of the Bourbons.

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