loy·​al·​ist | \ ˈlȯi-ə-list How to pronounce loyalist (audio) \

Definition of loyalist

: one who is or remains loyal especially to a political cause, party, government, or sovereign

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die-hard loyalists engaging in espionage against the revolutionaries
Recent Examples on the Web Alexandra appears to have become a Wilford loyalist during her time away from her mother. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "After That Finale, Rowan Blanchard Just Became The Key To Snowpiercer Season 2," 13 July 2020 And a contest that had looked all but certain to result in the reelection of President Andrzej Duda, a Law and Justice party loyalist, has suddenly become too close to call, polls suggest. Marc Santora, BostonGlobe.com, "Poland’s virus-delayed presidential election suddenly looks tight," 27 June 2020 Later that evening, Trump lacerated the Justice Department on Twitter for proposing such a lengthy sentence for a longtime Trump loyalist. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Bill Barr’s Invisible Crusade," 8 June 2020 Senator Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas and Trump loyalist, stood ready to translate presidential bluster into concrete action. Andrew J. Bacevich, The New Republic, "Will 2020 Finally Kill America’s War Fetish?," 9 June 2020 Nine-term Iowa Republican Steve King, a controversial conservative and Trump loyalist who narrowly won re-election in 2018, faces four challengers and opposition from a wide swath of GOP power brokers. Daniel Flatley, Bloomberg.com, "Battle for House Control Shaped by Bitter Primary Contests," 3 June 2020 The coronavirus pandemic has revealed that not every Trump voter is a loyalist. Charlotte Alter, Time, "For Some Reluctant Trump Voters, Coronavirus Was The Last Straw," 30 Apr. 2020 In Marcus’s rendition, McGahn was a party loyalist like Kavanaugh, who made filling the courts with Republican appointees his first priority. John Fabian Witt, The New Republic, "How the Republican Party Took Over the Supreme Court," 7 Apr. 2020 Grenell, whose outspokenness during his career as a political operative and as ambassador has prompted criticism, is a vocal Trump loyalist who will lead a group of national security agencies often viewed skeptically by the White House. BostonGlobe.com, "Grenell to be the acting director of national intelligence," 19 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of loyalist

1647, in the meaning defined above

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“Loyalist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loyalist. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of loyalist

: a person who is loyal to a political cause, government, or leader
: a person from Northern Ireland who believes that Northern Ireland should remain part of the United Kingdom


loy·​al·​ist | \ ˈlȯi-ə-ləst \

Kids Definition of loyalist

: a person who is loyal to a political cause, government, or leader especially in times of revolt

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