Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “Whig”

Whig

noun [C] /hwɪɡ, wɪɡ/
US history an American during the Revolutionary War who wanted independence from Britain US history A Whig is also a member of a political party in the United States in the early 19th century that believed Congress should have more power than the president and that supported business and economic development. world history A Whig is also a member of a political party in Britain from the 17th to the 19th century which wanted to limit the power of the king and queen.
(Definition of Whig from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Renaissance: 1501 to 1899, but you might be interested in these topics from the History topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “Whig” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

roost

When birds roost, they go somewhere to rest or sleep.

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More