loy·​al·​ist ˈlȯi-ə-list How to pronounce loyalist (audio)
: one who is or remains loyal especially to a political cause, party, government, or sovereign

Examples of loyalist in a Sentence

die-hard loyalists engaging in espionage against the revolutionaries
Recent Examples on the Web Congressman was used as early as 1780 in a poem by a British loyalist to refer to members, formally known as delegates, of the single-chamber and Senate-like national legislatures that preceded the Constitution’s establishment of a two-chamber legislature. Daniel Wirls, The Conversation, 16 May 2024 Louis Le Franc, the high commissioner for New Caledonia, called on both loyalist and pro-independence citizens to heed the call for calm. Eleanor Beardsley, NPR, 15 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for loyalist 

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Word History

First Known Use

1647, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of loyalist was in 1647

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“Loyalist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loyalist. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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loy·​al·​ist ˈlȯi-ə-ləst How to pronounce loyalist (audio)
: one who is or remains loyal to a political cause, government, or sovereign especially in times of revolt

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