carpetbagger

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noun car·pet·bag·ger \-ˌba-gər\

Definition of carpetbagger

  1. 1 :  a Northerner in the South after the American Civil War usually seeking private gain under the reconstruction governments

  2. 2 :  outsider; especially :  a nonresident or new resident who seeks private gain from an area often by meddling in its business or politics

carpetbaggery

play \-ˌba-g(ə-)rē\ noun

Origin and Etymology of carpetbagger

from their carrying all their belongings in carpetbags


First Known Use: 1868

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CARPETBAGGER Defined for English Language Learners

carpetbagger

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noun car·pet·bag·ger \-ˌba-gər\

Definition of carpetbagger for English Language Learners

  • : a person from the northern United States who went to the South after the American Civil War to make money

  • : a political candidate who runs for office in a place where he or she has lived only for a short time


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