republican

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noun

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

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adjective

1
a
: 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
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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

Example Sentences

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
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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 9 Jan. 2020 Liberal republicans disapproved, but Lord Palmerston, the British foreign secretary, sent his congratulations. Allan Massie, WSJ, 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, 10 Jan. 2020 Young republicans are worried about climate change, said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in October. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, 27 Dec. 2019
Adjective
On the other side of the English Channel in staunchly republican France, broadcasters scrapped normal programming to carry up to 12 hours of live footage Monday. Nicholas Paphitis, Fortune, 20 Sep. 2022 Michelle O’Neill, the vice president of Sinn Fein, will attend the queen's funeral, according to a spokesperson for the Irish republican party. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 14 Sep. 2022 History was made earlier this year when Lisa Cook was appointed to the Fed despite republican opposition. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 14 Aug. 2022 That total gave the Irish republican party the largest number of seats in Stormont, the Northern Irish parliament, the first time a nationalist party has done so in the region’s centurylong history. Shafi Musaddique, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 June 2022 For Napoleon III, this Catholic and Latin monarchy would counter the influence of the Protestant and republican U.S. in the New World. Hervé-thomas Campangne, The Conversation, 15 Oct. 2021 Irish republican Bobby Sands leads the inmates of a Northern Irish prison in a hunger strike. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 17 Mar. 2021 These stories reinforce the effort to pigeonhole France’s politics into an inescapable confrontation between President Emmanuel Macron’s republican center and the ultranationalist right. Harrison Stetler, The New Republic, 24 May 2021 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, 10 Jan. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Time Traveler
The first known use of republican was in 1646

Dictionary Entries Near republican

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Cite this Entry

“Republican.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/republican. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

republican 1 of 2

adjective

re·​pub·​li·​can ri-ˈpəb-li-kən How to pronounce republican (audio)
1
a
: of, relating to, or resembling a republic
b
: favoring or supporting a republic
2
capitalized
b
: of, relating to, or being one of the two major political parties in the U.S.

republican

2 of 2

noun

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

Geographical Definition

Republican

geographical name

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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