Whig

noun
\ ˈhwig How to pronounce Whig (audio) , ˈwig How to pronounce Whig (audio) \

Definition of Whig

1 : a member or supporter of a major British political group of the late 17th through early 19th centuries seeking to limit the royal authority and increase parliamentary power — compare tory
2 : an American favoring independence from Great Britain during the American Revolution
3 : a member or supporter of an American political party formed about 1834 in opposition to the Jacksonian Democrats, associated chiefly with manufacturing, commercial, and financial interests, and succeeded about 1854 by the Republican party

Other Words from Whig

Whig adjective
Whiggism \ ˈ(h)wi-​ˌgi-​zəm How to pronounce Whig (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of Whig

1702, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Whig

short for Whiggamore, member of a Scottish group that marched to Edinburgh in 1648 to oppose the court party

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“Whig.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Whig. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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Whig

noun

English Language Learners Definition of Whig

: a member or supporter of a British political group of the 18th and early 19th centuries that wanted to decrease royal power and to increase the power of the British Parliament
: an American who supported independence from Great Britain during the American Revolution
: a member or supporter of an American political party of the 19th century that was formed to oppose the Democrats

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