[ roi-uh-list ]
/ ˈrɔɪ ə lɪst /


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.

Nearby words

  1. royal warrant,
  2. royal water lily,
  3. royal we,
  4. royal worcester,
  5. royale,
  6. royall,
  7. royally,
  8. royalty,
  9. royce,
  10. royce, josiah

Origin of royalist

First recorded in 1635–45; royal + -ist

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for royalist


/ (ˈrɔɪəlɪst) /


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper