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

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Will that be enough to sway AirPod owners, or noise-canceling headphone loyalists? Mike Murphy, Quartz, "Sony’s new wireless noise-canceling earbuds are so close to being perfect," 29 July 2019 Released on Sunday, the trailer for Disney’s upcoming Mulan live-action adaptation has already won over skeptical loyalists of the original film. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "Everything you should know about live-action Mulan star Liu Yifei," 8 July 2019 Hogan at one time was president of the Toyota Dealers Assn. in Southern California and describes himself as a lifelong Toyota loyalist. Ralph Vartabedian, latimes.com, "Toyota expands Prius recall, reveals up to 20,000 hybrid inverters failed," 2 July 2019 Amirzhan Kossanov polled only 16% in Sunday's vote, which elected a loyalist of Kazakhstan's longtime leader. Fox News, "Kazakh opposition leader vows continued efforts," 15 June 2019 Andrej Babis, the Czech prime minister who is facing criminal charges over the misuse of EU funds, recently replaced his justice minister with a loyalist. The Economist, "Disgruntled investors are losing patience with central Europe," 8 June 2019 The change was handled by Mr. Kelly, then in charge of the CEO’s office and human resources, whom colleagues describe as a fierce Ghosn loyalist and troubleshooter. Patricia Kowsmann, WSJ, "The Fall of the House of Ghosn," 16 Dec. 2018 Most, however, remain in their roles, including Tom Grady, a former Republican state representative from Naples and a Scott loyalist appointed by Scott to the State Board of Education and the Investment Advisory Council. Gray Rohrer, orlandosentinel.com, "Gov. Ron DeSantis kicked out 215 of Rick Scott’s appointments, but 157 didn’t go anywhere," 1 July 2019 Trump’s powers are formidable in their ability to turn the GOP into a party of Trump loyalists. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "As with Superheroes, Trump’s Superpowers Have Their Limitations," 14 June 2019

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1647, in the meaning defined above

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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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