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Ghibelline

[gib-uh-lin, -leen] /ˈgɪb ə lɪn, -ˌlin/
noun
1.
a member of the aristocratic party in medieval Italy and Germany that supported the claims of the German emperors against the papacy: politically opposed to the Guelphs.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to the Ghibellines.
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; < Italian Ghibellino < Middle High German *wībeling- (German Waiblingen) a Hohenstaufen estate in Germany
Related forms
Ghibellinism, noun
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Ghibelline

/ˈɡɪbɪˌlaɪn; -ˌliːn/
noun
1.
a member of the political faction in medieval Italy originally based on support for the German emperor
2.
(modifier) of or relating to the Ghibellines Compare Guelph1
Derived Forms
Ghibellinism, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Italian Ghibellino, probably from Middle High German Waiblingen, a Hohenstaufen estate
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Word Origin and History for Ghibelline

adherent of the emperor in medieval Italy, 1570s, from German Waiblingen, seat of the Hohenstaufens in Württemberg. The name was said to have been used as a rallying cry by partisans of Conrad III at the Battle of Weinsberg (1140). See Guelph.

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