republican

noun
re·​pub·​li·​can | \ ri-ˈpə-bli-kən How to pronounce republican (audio) \

Definition of republican

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : one that favors or supports a republican form of government
2 capitalized
a : a member of a political party advocating republicanism
b : a member of the Democratic-Republican party or of the Republican party of the U.S.

republican

adjective

Definition of republican (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a republic
b : favoring, supporting, or advocating a republic
c : belonging or appropriate to one living in or supporting a republic republican simplicity
2 capitalized
b : of, relating to, or constituting the one of the two major political parties evolving in the U.S. in the mid-19th century that is usually primarily associated with business, financial, and some agricultural interests and is held to favor a restricted governmental role in economic life

Republican

geographical name

Definition of Republican (Entry 3 of 3)

river 445 miles (716 kilometers) long in Nebraska and Kansas rising in eastern Colorado and flowing east to unite with the Smoky Hill River forming the Kansas River

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Synonyms & Antonyms for republican

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of republican in a Sentence

Noun Our state representative is a Republican. The state's voters are mostly Republicans. Adjective the leader of the Republican Party a small but well-organized republican movement working quietly to overthrow the military dictatorship
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Eclipsing the Irish Labour Party and other factions on the left, republicans have managed to position Sinn Féin as the main left-wing party in politics on both sides of the Irish border today. K. V. Turley, National Review, "Sinn Féin’s Surge Portends a Sea Change in Irish Politics," 10 Feb. 2020 Shortly after her murder, a dissident Irish republican group called the New IRA reportedly claimed responsibility for her murder. Henry Austin, NBC News, "Man charged with murder of Northern Irish journalist Lyra Mckee," 12 Feb. 2020 McKee, 29, was shot dead while observing a riot by dissident republicans in the city of Londonderry, which is also known as Derry. Henry Austin, NBC News, "Man charged with murder of Northern Irish journalist Lyra Mckee," 12 Feb. 2020 Years ago, as the North of Ireland staggered toward peace talks, some dissident republicans tried to thwart political progress by placing a bomb outside the police station in Markethill, a predominantly Protestant village in South Armagh. Kevin Cullen, BostonGlobe.com, "Seamus Mallon, a champion of the Irish peace process, lived as a Catholic and spoke ‘like a Prod’," 25 Jan. 2020 For decades, a debate has raged in Britain, pitting republicans, who wish to do away with the royal family, against monarchists and others who support them. NBC News, "'Megxit' could pack a punch to the British economy," 9 Jan. 2020 Liberal republicans disapproved, but Lord Palmerston, the British foreign secretary, sent his congratulations. Allan Massie, WSJ, "‘The Shadow Emperor’ Review: The Other Bonaparte," 29 May 2018 The Alliance party, which took votes from the DUP, and the Social Democratic and Labour Party, which took votes from Sinn Fein, represent more moderate tendencies among unionists and republicans respectively. The Economist, "Forced remarriage Northern Ireland gets a government again," 10 Jan. 2020 Young republicans are worried about climate change, said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in October. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "Hoosier College Republicans join national campaign to change GOP position on climate change," 27 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective After many months of hard-fought negotiations, the biggest unionist and republican parties agreed on January 10th to go back into government together, creating a new element of hope in the often unforgiving politics of Belfast. The Economist, "Forced remarriage Northern Ireland gets a government again," 10 Jan. 2020 Bloomberg News congressional editor Kevin Whitelaw discusses the state of the Republican Party after the failure of the Graham-Cassidy healthcare plan in the Senate, and anti-establishment candidate Roy Moore won the Alabama republican primary. Bloomberg.com, "GOP Turns to Taxes After ACA Repeal Fails in the Senate (Audio)," 27 Sep. 2017 And so did the viability of the Revolution’s political experiment and the Founders’ republican vision. Drew Gilpin Faust, The Atlantic, "Race, History, and Memories of a Virginia Girlhood," 18 July 2019 Minka Kelly also shared her story, posting a collage of the 25 republican men who voted to pass the bill in Alabama. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Abortion Stories Flood Social Media with #YouKnowMe Hashtag," 16 May 2019 In 1793, the first republican constitution in France was adopted. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 23 June 2018 Within the context of civic-republican thought, Bobby’s apparently disparate political stands become perfectly sensible and coherent. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "RFK, Civic Republican," 25 May 2018 On Easter Sunday, Ricky O’Rawe and his wife Bernadette walked from their house to the republican plot at Milltown Cemetery, long after the official commemorations were over. Kevin Cullen, BostonGlobe.com, "Irish hopes may be stopped at the border," 8 Apr. 2018 The paper’s recent editorial published two days after the primary elections, highlighted the experience of house republican Giovanni Capriglione of Southlake who had lost the endorsement of Empower Texans. Richard Greene, star-telegram, "Empower Texans isn't finished with Tarrant County | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of republican

Noun

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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The first known use of republican was in 1646

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“Republican.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/republican. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for republican

republican

noun
How to pronounce Republican (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of republican

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a member of the Republican party of the U.S.
: a person who believes in or supports a republican form of government
: a person from Northern Ireland who believes that Northern Ireland should be part of the Republic of Ireland rather than the United Kingdom

republican

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of republican (Entry 2 of 2)

US : of or relating to one of the two major political parties in the U.S.
: relating to or based on a form of government in which representatives are elected and there is no king or queen

republican

noun
re·​pub·​li·​can | \ ri-ˈpə-bli-kən How to pronounce republican (audio) \

Kids Definition of republican

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person who favors a form of government having elected representatives
2 capitalized : a member of the Republican party of the United States

republican

adjective

Kids Definition of republican (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : being a form of government having elected representatives
2 : relating to a major political party in the United States that is associated with business interests and favors a limited government role in economic matters

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