Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member or advocate of the Commune of Paris of 1871.
  • n. One who lives in a commune.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A member of the Paris Commune of 1871
  • n. A supporter of their cause

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who advocates government by communes; a communalist; especially, a member or supporter of the Paris commune of 1871.

Etymologies

French, from commune, commune; see commune2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • As for our friend's martyrdom, he was a Communist, or perhaps only a Communard, which is a very different thing; and had lost one or more situations in consequence.

    An Inland Voyage

  • Communard, which is a very different thing; and had lost one or more situations in consequence.

    The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 1 (of 25)

  • a Communard, which is a very different thing; and had lost one or more situations in consequence.

    An Inland Voyage

  • His "Self Portrait at St. Pélagie" c. 1872, one of the true treasures given to Ornans by his sister, Juliette, depicts the artist in prison—emaciated, melancholic but still youthful and sporting the symbolic red scarf of a Communard.

    The Rise and Fall of a Master

  • A year ago I met Richard Coles, the erstwhile Communard turned broadcaster who moonlights as a curate, and the talk turned to the effects of the recession on the collection plate.

    Restaurant: Bar Boulud, London SW1

  • Marguerite Vernier, widow of a Communard and more recently the mistress of a prominent and highly decorated war hero, had been found murdered in the family apartment on the evening of Sunday 20th September.

    Sepulchre

  • As a convicted Communard, his father's assets were confiscated.

    Sepulchre

  • 'You know why,' she said gently, 'she is the widow of a Communard.

    Sepulchre

  • Quinet betook himself much to the obscure cheese shops and cafés in the quarters of the people, and ate and chatted with such villains that I called him "The Communard."

    The Young Seigneur Or, Nation-Making

  • Montbard, however, was a Republican -- in fact, a future Communard -- and I know that he did not appreciate his virtually enforced introduction to the so-called "Badinguet."

    My Days of Adventure The Fall of France, 1870-71

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