One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A supporter of a king. In later use specifically (NZ) a follower or supporter of the Maori King during the New Zealand Wars of 1845–72; a member or supporter of the King Movement.
NZ. Of, relating to, or designating a supporter of the Maori King during the New Zealand Wars of 1845–72; of or relating to the King Movement.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in The Public Advertiser. From king + -ite.
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