1. a supporter or adherent of a king or royal government, especially in times of rebellion or civil war.
  2. (initial capital letter) a Cavalier adherent of Charles I of England.
  3. a loyalist in the American Revolution; Tory.
  4. (initial capital letter) an adherent of the house of Bourbon in France.
  1. 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

British Dictionary definitions for ultraroyalist


  1. a supporter of a monarch or monarchy, esp a supporter of the Stuarts during the English Civil War
  2. informal an extreme reactionary or conservativean economic royalist
adjective Also: royalistic
  1. of, characteristic of, or relating to royalists
Derived Formsroyalism, noun
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Word Origin and History for ultraroyalist



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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