Meaning of “loyalist” in the English Dictionary

"loyalist" in British English

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loyalistnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈlɔɪ.ə.lɪst/ us /ˈlɔɪ.ə.lɪst/

a person or group that strongly supports the government or ruler in power:

The rebel forces have been repeatedly attacked by loyalist troops.

Loyalistnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈlɔɪ.ə.lɪst/ us /ˈlɔɪ.ə.lɪst/ specialized

in Northern Ireland, a person who believes that Northern Ireland should continue to be part of the UK

(Definition of “loyalist” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"Loyalist" in American English

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Loyalistnoun [ C ]


US history a person who supported the British government during the American Revolution: Tory

(Definition of “Loyalist” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)