- 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
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- 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
- of, characteristic of, or relating to royalists
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