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[roi-uh-list] /ˈrɔɪ ə lɪst/
a supporter or adherent of a king or royal government, especially in times of rebellion or civil war.
(initial capital letter) a Cavalier adherent of Charles I of England.
a loyalist in the American Revolution; Tory.
(initial capital letter) an adherent of the house of Bourbon in France.
of or relating to royalists:
royalist sympathies.
Origin of royalist
1635-45; royal + -ist
Related forms
royalism, noun
royalistic, adjective
antiroyalism, noun
antiroyalist, noun, adjective
nonroyalist, noun
ultraroyalist, noun, adjective Unabridged
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  • And when women rode to battle there was no mercy asked or given, from royalist or Confederate or Parliament man.

    Nuala O'Malley H. Bedford-Jones
  • All the outlets from the kingdom were closed by the royalist troops.

    The Huguenots in France Samuel Smiles.
  • But it would not do, and again you promised her to me if I could get you certain information from the royalist army.

    Helmet of Navarre Bertha Runkle
  • Then they turned on the royalist conspirators and laid the blame at their door.

    The Conquest of Bread Peter Kropotkin
  • In 1653 permission was given to Digby to return, on condition he would not meddle with royalist plots.

British Dictionary definitions for royalist


a supporter of a monarch or monarchy, esp a supporter of the Stuarts during the English Civil War
(informal) an extreme reactionary or conservative: an economic royalist
of, characteristic of, or relating to royalists
Derived Forms
royalism, noun
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Word Origin and History for royalist

1640s, from royal + -ist. In England, a partizan of Charles I and II during the Civil War; in the U.S., an adherent of British government during the Revolution; in France, a supporter of the Bourbons.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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