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 No mention is made of the Democratic Leadership Council, organized in the 1980s with the aim of moving what had been a pro-labor party to the right and separating it from its unionist base. John R. Macarthur, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 The AFL-CIO, the largest U.S. labor organization, on Friday elected Liz Shuler, a longtime trade unionist, to serve as the federation’s first female president, succeeding Richard Trumka, who died unexpectedly earlier this month. Washington Post, 20 Aug. 2021 But the ongoing controversy about the Northern Ireland protocol has also exposed deep divisions within unionist communities. New York Times, 13 July 2021 But summer in Northern Ireland is often a season of unrest, as loyalist and unionist marching bands traditionally parade through the streets. NBC News, 21 Apr. 2021 Unknown to Bharadwaj, a lawyer and trade unionist, her phone number was already on a list that included some selected for surveillance by clients of NSO Group, an Israeli firm. Washington Post, 19 July 2021 That's angered Northern Ireland's unionist community, and many members of Johnson's Conservative Party, who say the checks amount to a border in the Irish Sea and weaken ties between Northern Ireland and the rest of the U.K. Pan Pylas, Star Tribune, 2 July 2021 The Democratic Unionist Party, onetime allies of Mr. Johnson and Northern Ireland’s largest unionist party, have called for it to be scrapped. Jason Douglas, WSJ, 9 June 2021 So far, the anger seems concentrated in unionist and loyalist areas. Mark Landler, New York Times, 7 June 2021

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First Known Use of unionist

1722, in the meaning defined above

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“Unionist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unionist. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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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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