from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of a British political party, founded in 1689, that was the opposition party to the Whigs and has been known as the Conservative Party since about 1832.
- n. A member of a Conservative Party, as in Canada.
- n. An American who, during the period of the American Revolution, favored the British side. Also called Loyalist.
- n. A supporter of traditional political and social institutions against the forces of democratization or reform; a political conservative.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A member or supporter of the British Conservative Party, which evolved from Royalist politicians; associated with upholding the rights of the monarchy and the privileges of the established Church.
- n. One who is like a British Tory; someone politically conservative.
- n. A member or supporter of the Conservative Party of Canada or one of that party's predecessors.
- n. A pejorative nickname given to the political factions who sought to exclude James, Duke of York from the throne of England (the Exclusioners) in the 17th century.
- n. A pejorative term for an Irish rebel fighting against English rule at the end of the Confederate War and Cromwellian invasion; later extended to other rebels or bandits.
- n. A loyal British citizen.
- n. A Union sympathizer.
- adj. Of or belonging to the Tory Party or the Conservative Party.
- adj. Of or belonging to the Conservative Party of Canada or one of that party's predecessors.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A member of the conservative party, as opposed to the progressive party which was formerly called the Whig, and is now called the Liberal, party; an earnest supporter of existing royal and ecclesiastical authority.
- n. One who, in the time of the Revolution, favored submitting to the claims of Great Britain against the colonies; an adherent to the crown.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the Tories.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Originally, an Irish robber or outlaw, one of a class noted for their outrages and savage cruelty.
- n. Hence, one who causes terror; a hector; a bully.
- n. A member of one of the two great British political parties, opposed to the Whigs and later to the Liberals.
- n. In American hist., a member of the British party during the Revolutionary period; a loyalist.
- n. In general, a conservative; one who favors established authority and institutions, especially in a monarchy or an aristocracy; a person of aristocratic principles, as opposed to a democrat or a radical.
- Pertaining to or characteristic of tories, in any sense; specifically [capitalized], belonging or relating to the Tories: as, a Tory government; Tory principles or measures. See I.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a member of political party in Great Britain that has been known as the Conservative Party since 1832; was the opposition party to the Whigs
- n. an American who favored the British side during the American Revolution
- n. a supporter of traditional political and social institutions against the forces of reform; a political conservative
Irish Gaelic tóraidhe, robber, from Old Irish tóir, pursuit.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Irish *tóraidhe ("pursuer") (unattested except in derivatives, eg tóraigheachd ("pusuit")), from tóir ("to pursue"). (Wiktionary)