union·​ist | \ ˈyün-yə-nist How to pronounce unionist (audio) \

Definition of unionist

: an advocate or supporter of union or unionism

Examples of unionist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During his inauguration as rector of Glasgow University in 1972, the Clydeside trade unionist Jimmy Reid argued powerfully that working-class communities left behind by economic advancement were being stored out of sight. Sam Rigby, Quartz, "The Scottish city trying to make urban living less miserable," 2 Nov. 2019 Ramophosa, a former trade unionist turne dmillionaire businessman, has asked for resolve and time. Daniel Gallan, CNN, "Why South Africa's Rugby World Cup victory means so much more," 2 Nov. 2019 The rift soon widened to broader cultural and political issues separating Northern Ireland's British unionists and Irish nationalists, and power-sharing has yet to be restored. chicagotribune.com, "Small Northern Irish political party plays a big role in Brexit talks," 16 Oct. 2019 The city, which is also called Londonderry by unionists who want the region to remain part of the United Kingdom, was a unique maelstrom of sectarian violence and adolescent angst in the 1990s. Alice Jones, New York Times, "In ‘Derry Girls,’ the Lighter Side of Life in a Conflict Zone," 31 July 2019 The rift soon widened to broader cultural and political issues separating Northern Ireland’s British unionists and Irish nationalists. Jill Lawless, BostonGlobe.com, "Boris Johnson visits Belfast as Brexit woes hurt UK economy," 31 July 2019 In May, a union official accompanying protesting street vendors was shot to death outside city hall along with another trade unionist. Washington Post, "Mexican official denies vigilante movement has reignited," 5 Sep. 2019 The Conservative Party is on its way to becoming an English nationalist party rather than a unionist one. The Economist, "Leaving the EU is straining the union with Scotland," 29 June 2019 For once, both separatists and unionists may define their politics in adversarial terms to New Delhi, if not sharing the same platform. Riyaz Wani, Quartz India, "After three weeks of lockdown, this is what Kashmir looks like," 22 Aug. 2019

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1722, in the meaning defined above

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16 Nov 2019

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English Language Learners Definition of unionist

: someone who supports labor unions
: a supporter of the Union (sense 4b) during the American Civil War
: a person who believes that Northern Ireland should remain a part of the United Kingdom

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