Definitions

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

  • n. A supporter of government by a monarch.
  • n. See cavalier.
  • n. An American loyal to British rule during the American Revolution; a Tory.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a monarchist (supporter of monarchy) or supporter of a particular royal régime
  • n. a legitimist, a supporter of a particular royal line, especially one in danger of being dispossessed of a throne or actually dispossessed of such, and claiming to have the better claim to the throne on the basis of line of descent; especially:

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An adherent of a king (as of Charles I. in England, or of the Bourbons in france); one attached to monarchical government.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A supporter of a king or of royal government; one who adheres to or upholds the cause of a king against its opponents or assailants.
  • n. In American history, an adherent of the British government during the revolutionary period.
  • n. In French history, a supporter of the Bourbons as against the revolutionary and subsequent governments.
  • Of or pertaining to Royalists or royalism; adhering to or supporting a royal government.

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

  • n. an advocate of the principles of monarchy
  • n. a royalist supporter of Charles I during the English Civil War

Etymologies

royal +‎ -ist (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Many who will be at parties would feel uncomfortable about being labelled royalist.

    BBC News - Home

  • I'm astonished to see comments that it's 'royalist' - from my perspective it was anything but.

    The Guardian World News

  • Whoever is at all acquainted with her writings, must be aware that she pretends to be a great republican, and to entertain a most orthodox horror of royalism and the appendages thereof, and that she has called the royalist party in France all the hard names she could find in the most approved collection of opprobrious epithets.

    The American Quarterly Review, No. 17, March 1831

  • And it was very kind of royalist – kind of a mix of the real Michael Jackson and his alter-ego as the King of Pop.

    Christian Audigier Purchases Michael Jackson Neverland Ranch

  • The British Empire was not allowed to retain the lands and resources that it had legally expropriated under British law in America, and 'royalist' who believed they should were forced to leave.

    Forbes: Paulson Worst Secretary of Treasury

  • The other problem, though, that Giuliani faces is that the Republicans really are a kind of royalist party that believes in the next person in line getting the nomination.

    CNN Transcript Feb 5, 2007

  • He said police had also received information that "royalist" assassins planned to target the accused should they be released.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • All sorts, men and women, barbers and noblemen, sailors and tradesmen; almost every kind of royalist one could think of; and his opinion was that a royalist never changed.

    The Rover

  • Just as important was the proxy war, in Yemen, between the Nasser backed, secular nationalist government and the CIA-Saudi-SAS backed 'royalist' guerrillas.

    The Guardian World News

  • And so called "royalist" is nothing but parties try to gain mass support from the name of the King.

    SARA - Southeast Asian RSS Aggregator

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