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

  • n. One who believes in or supports a union or unionism.
  • n. A member of a labor or trade union.
  • n. One loyal to the federal government during the Civil War.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to unionism
  • n. An advocate or supporter of unionism
  • n. A trade unionist

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who advocates or promotes union; especially a loyal supporter of a federal union, as that of the United States.
  • n. A member or supporter of a trades union.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who promotes or advocates union.
  • n. A member of a trade-union; a trade-unionist. One who during the American civil war took the side of the national government.
  • n. [capitalized] In British politics, one who is opposed to the dissolution or rupture of the legislative union existing between Great Britain and Ireland, and especially to the separatist principles and tendencies of those who desire to establish home rule in Ireland: a name applied to the Conservatives and Liberal Unionists.
  • Of or pertaining to a union or to unionism; promoting or advocating union: as, a unionist movement; a unionist party.
  • Specifically, during the civil war in the United States, of or pertaining to the Union party or cause.

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

  • n. a worker who belongs to a trade union


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  • "In Scotland & Wales the big three represent the Union, while the Nats have their own parties, talk of throwing off the name unionist is very premature."

    "The people have(n't) spoken....

  • In Scotland & Wales the big three represent the Union, while the Nats have their own parties, talk of throwing off the name unionist is very premature.

    "The people have(n't) spoken....

  • Among Greeks the word "unionist" is rendered as "enotist" — someone who supports enosis, or union, between Greece and John Bull's other European colony, Cyprus.

    The Perils of Partition

  • Labour is a unionist party - nobody disputes this – so is the Liberal Democrat Party but neither feels the need to use the word unionist in their official name.

    The Key to a Scottish Tory Revival

  • At the shoulder of the trade-unionist is the socialist, sympathizing with him, aiding him with head and hand, suggesting -- perpetually suggesting -- the necessity for political action.

    The Class Struggle

  • However the so-called unionist MP's from Scotland namely New Labour, Tories, and Lib Dems who DO as instructed by their party heirarchys to vote on every issue that is England only.


  • The unionist, that is, has come to depend upon his union for that material prosperity and advancement which, according to the American tradition, was to be the inevitable result of American political ideas and institutions.

    The Promise of American Life

  • Many unprecedented things have happened in this peace process, but the idea of unionist politicians serving under a Martin McGuinness prime ministership is inconceivable. - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • I can recall unionist leaders, in the Sixties saying loyalist groups had no standing or support within the Protestant community. - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • Politics Show yesterday and repeated the mantra that they topped the poll (with the added word unionist) and got Diane Dodds elected along with the suggestion that they had spent the last two weeks listening to the electorate in the aftermath of the European election.

    Slugger O'Toole


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