Meaning of “Tory” in the English Dictionary

"Tory" in British English

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Torynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈtɔː.ri/ us /ˈtɔːr.i/

a member of the British Conservative Party:

The Tories (= the Tory party) have dropped in the opinion poll ratings.

US a member of the main conservative political party in Canada

US (during the American War of Independence) a person who supported the British government

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  • He became a Tory politician.
  • There are five Tories in the group.
  • There was a Tory government throughout the 80s.
Tory
adjective

Tory voters
Toryism
noun [ U ] uk /ˈtɔː.ri.ɪ.zəm/ us /ˈtɔːr.i.ɪ.zəm/

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

"Tory" in American English

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Torynoun [ C ]

us /ˈtɔr·i, toʊr·i/

politics & government a member of the main conservative political party in Canada

politics & government A Tory is also a member of the main conservative political party in Great Britain.

US history During the American Revolution, a Tory was a person who supported the British government: Loyalist

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