plural -s
: a German who participated in the revolution of 1848
specifically : one of these revolutionists who subsequently fled to the U.S.

Word History


(eighteen) forty-eight + -er; translation of German achtundvierziger

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“Forty-eighter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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