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

  • n. One who is strongly partial to one's own group, religion, race, or politics and is intolerant of those who differ.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices.
  • n. One who is strongly partial to one's own group, religion, race, gender or politics and is intolerant of those who differ.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Bigoted.
  • n. A hypocrite; esp., a superstitious hypocrite.
  • n. A person who regards his own faith and views in matters of religion as unquestionably right, and any belief or opinion opposed to or differing from them as unreasonable or wicked. In an extended sense, a person who is intolerant of opinions which conflict with his own, as in politics or morals; one obstinately and blindly devoted to his own church, party, belief, or opinion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. . A hypocritical professor of religion; a hypocrite; also, a superstitious adherent of religion.
  • n. A person who is obstinately and unreasonably wedded to a particular religious or other creed, opinion, practice, or ritual; a person who is illiberally attached to any opinion, system of belief, or party organization; an intolerant dogmatist.
  • Same as bigoted.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a prejudiced person who is intolerant of any opinions differing from his own

Etymologies

French, from Old French.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French bigot ("a bigot, hypocrite"), from Middle French bigot, from Old French bigot, originally a derogatory term applied to Normans for their frequent note of the Old English oath bī god ("by God"). It is not known, however, whether the precise Germanic language of origin is English: compare Middle High German bī got, Middle Dutch bi gode. (Wiktionary)

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  • "1590s, "sanctimonious person, religious hypocrite," from Fr. bigot (12c.), of unknown origin. Earliest French use of the word is as the name of a people apparently in southern Gaul, which led to the now-doubtful, on phonetic grounds, theory that the word comes from Visigothus. The typical use in Old French seems to have been as a derogatory nickname for Normans, the old theory (not universally accepted) being that it springs from their frequent use of the Germanic oath bi God. But OED dismisses in a three-exclamation-mark fury one fanciful version of the "by god" theory as "absurdly incongruous with facts." At the end, not much is left standing except Spanish bigote "mustache," which also has been proposed but not explained, and the chief virtue of which as a source seems to be there is no evidence for or against it.

    In support of the "by God" theory, as a surname Bigott, Bygott are attested in Normandy and in England from the 11c., and French name etymology sources (e.g. Dauzat) explain it as a derogatory name applied by the French to the Normans and representing "by god." The English were known as goddamns 200 years later in Joan of Arc's France, and during World War I Americans serving in France were said to be known as les sommobiches (see also son of a bitch). But the sense development in bigot is difficult to explain. According to Donkin, the modern use first appears in French 16c. This and the earliest English sense, "religious hypocrite," especially a female one, might have been influenced by beguine and the words that cluster around it. Sense extended 1680s to other than religious opinions."

    --from the bigot page at the Online Etymology Dictionary (http://www.etymonline.com)

    December 20, 2011