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  1. an adherent or member of the royal family of York, especially in the Wars of the Roses.
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  1. belonging or pertaining to the English royal family of York.
  2. of or relating to the Yorkists.
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Origin of Yorkist

First recorded in 1595–1605; York + -ist
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Historical Examples

  • Burdet had figured as a Yorkist and fought for the White Rose.

    The Wars of the Roses

    John G. Edgar

  • But the Londoners showed that they had no sympathy; they were on the Yorkist side in the interest of strong government.

  • All the pendant badges which I have enumerated belong to secular heraldry, as do the roses and suns which form the Yorkist collar.

  • Extra taxes on aliens were levied under both Lancastrian and Yorkist rulers with little profit.

  • Queen Margaret, the 'outlandish woman' as her Yorkist enemies called her, was in Chester in the year 1459.


    Charles E. Kelsey

British Dictionary definitions for yorkist


  1. a member or adherent of the royal house of York, esp during the Wars of the Roses
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  1. of, belonging to, or relating to the supporters or members of the house of York
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