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noun (1)

Jac·​o·​bite ˈja-kə-ˌbīt How to pronounce Jacobite (audio)
: a member of any of various Monophysite Eastern churches
especially : a member of the Monophysite Syrian church


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noun (2)

: a partisan of James II of England or of the Stuarts after the revolution of 1688
Jacobitical adjective
Jacobitism noun

Examples of Jacobite in a Sentence

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Nell accomplishes plenty over the adventure’s first season, such that this common nobody even gets tangled up in the struggle between Queen Anne (Jodhi May) and the Jacobite traitors who would overthrow her. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Mar. 2024 After discovering that the Bugs were responsible for stealing the missing Jacobite gold off Jocasta's property, Jamie (Sam Heughan) banishes the couple from the Ridge. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 1 July 2023 Though much of the medieval fortress was destroyed during the Jacobite Risings, its remnants offer a peek into more than 1,000 years of history, during which the control of the castle ping-ponged between the Scots and English. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 5 Dec. 2023 In the middle of the 18th century, a handsome prince—the last Stuart claimant to the British throne after his grandfather James II was kicked out of England during the Glorious Revolution—fueled the Jacobite Uprising in the Scottish Highlands in an attempt to reclaim the kingdom. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, 30 Aug. 2023 Meanwhile, in 1980, Bree and Roger figured out that Rob most likely traveled through the Stones with Jem in order to find the Jacobite's gold in the Spaniard's Cave. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 12 Aug. 2023 This highland spot is located near Glenfinnan Monument, where Bonnie Prince Charlie started the Jacobite Rising of 1745. Lyndsey Matthews, Town & Country, 16 June 2023 Trips include visits to remote castles, Jacobite monuments, whisky distilleries, mountains, lochs, white-sand beaches, and royal stately homes. Lucy Alexander, Robb Report, 23 Apr. 2023 The Homewood, Roland Park, and Homeland neighborhoods are bunched around Charles Street, the name an ancient echo of the English Civil War and of Maryland’s founders’ House of Stuart Jacobite leanings. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 21 Apr. 2022

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Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English, from Medieval Latin Jacobita, from Jacobus Baradaeus (Jacob Baradai) †578 Syrian monk

Noun (2)

Jacobus (James II)

First Known Use

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1689, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Jacobite was in the 15th century

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“Jacobite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Jacobite. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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