Definition of loyalist noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈlɔɪəlɪst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɔɪəlɪst//
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  1. 1a person who is loyal to the ruler or government, or to a political party, especially during a time of change
  2. 2Loyalist a person who supports the union between Great Britain and Northern Ireland compare republican Culture Loyalists are also sometimes known as Unionists. Illegal Loyalist military groups such as the Ulster Volunteer Force and the Ulster Freedom Fighters have been responsible for acts of violence in Northern Ireland. compare republican
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