noun Jac·o·bin \ˈja-kə-bən\

Definition of Jacobin

  1. 1 :  dominican

  2. 2 [French, from Jacobin Dominican; from the group's founding in the Dominican convent in Paris] :  a member of an extremist or radical political group; especially :  a member of such a group advocating egalitarian democracy and engaging in terrorist activities during the French Revolution of 1789


play \ˌja-kə-ˈbi-nik\ or


play \ˌja-kə-ˈbi-ni-kəl\ adjective


play \ˈja-kə-bə-ˌni-zəm\ noun

Origin and Etymology of jacobin

Middle English, from Anglo-French jacopin, from Medieval Latin Jacobinus, from Late Latin Jacobus (St. James); from the location of the first Dominican convent in the street of St. James, Paris

First Known Use: 14th century

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