[yoon-yuh-niz-uh m]


the principle of union, especially trade unionism.
attachment to a union.
(initial capital letter) loyalty to the federal union of the United States of America, especially at the time of the Civil War.

Nearby words

  1. union suit,
  2. union territory,
  3. union, labor,
  4. union-made,
  5. uniondale,
  6. unionist,
  7. unionist party,
  8. unionization,
  9. unionize,
  10. unionized

Origin of unionism

First recorded in 1835–45; union + -ism

Related formspro·un·ion·ism, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for unionism



the principles of trade unions
adherence to the principles of trade unions
the principle or theory of any union



(sometimes not capital) the principles or adherence to the principles of Unionists
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