Definition of royalist in US English:



  • 1A person who supports the principle of monarchy or a particular monarchy.

    • ‘But it really was not until 1824 that the royalists were defeated and Spanish power in the whole continent was finally overthrown.’
    • ‘Even ardent royalists may soon begin to feel that their idols are unworthy of either respect or affection.’
    • ‘Swinney further angered royalists and political opponents by suggesting that this month's golden jubilee celebrations were ‘over the top’.’
    • ‘The royalists will argue that the royal palaces, grounds and pageantry bring in millions of pounds in tourism and I will not argue with that.’
    • ‘The king's abdication and replacement by his son is unlikely to usher in major changes in Cambodia unless the former king decides to jump into the political arena, political analysts and royalists say.’
    • ‘The coalition between Communists and royalists continued, however, and the ensuing political stabilization was helped by the surrender of the last Khmer Rouge units in 1999.’
    • ‘The golden jubilee had been looked forward to with relish by royalists and pooh-poohed by metropolitan media pundits.’
    • ‘Louis-Napoleon was also supported by royalists, who had been seething in impotence since February and imagined that they could use him as a bridge to the restoration of the monarchy.’
    • ‘The problem with saying that you don't support the Royal Family is that royalists always blow the dust off the same old riposte.’
    • ‘The crowd of royalists and the curious cheered as Prince Charles unveiled a plaque marking his visit.’
    • ‘Unable to present a viable alternative, the royalists were outmanoeuvred, sidelined and, in 1998, defeated.’
    • ‘It's at times like this that I'm jolly glad that we are still royalists in this country.’
    • ‘The royalists believe the monarch is a national icon.’
    • ‘The poll - the first major study of Scottish attitudes to the monarchy for two years - is particularly disappointing for royalists because it was conducted during the Queen's high-profile visit to Scotland last week.’
    • ‘In the wake of the crisis, relations between Victor Emanuel II and the Church hierarchy deteriorated, while a permanent split developed on the far right between royalists and clerics.’
    • ‘As a Liberal, Adelard Godbout was a supporter of Mackenzie King, the prime minister of Canada, and a royalist in sympathy with the British cause.’
    • ‘But while the poll may serve as a wake up call for royalists in Scotland, the Conservative Party insisted there is still strong support for the monarchy and much to commend it.’
    • ‘However, Charles X replaced him in 1829 with a new ministry containing some of the most unpopular royalists in France, led by the prince of Polignac.’
    • ‘It has been suggested that such jewelry was made for royalists celebrating the restoration of the French monarchy in 1815.’
    • ‘Bismarck had long believed that the lower classes were better royalists than the middle classes.’
    1. 1.1 A supporter of the king against Parliament in the English Civil War.
      • ‘In what was one of the first actions of the Civil War, the Royalists, under the Earl of Newcastle, attacked on Sunday, December 18.’
      • ‘In 1644, the Parliamentary forces of General Thomas Fairfax, fresh from victory at Marston Moor, targeted Royalists at Helmsley Castle.’
      • ‘The Battle of Marston Moor resulted in the Royalists losing control of the North of England.’
      • ‘The Wren family, obviously much favoured by the King, were staunch Royalists.’
      • ‘He was in command of Sheffield Castle from 1643 until 1644, holding it for the Royalists until surrendering after the Battle of Marston Moor.’
      • ‘When the Swan arrived on the 5th of September 1653, the Royalists had already fled so the Castle put up no resistance.’
      • ‘He was a military leader and tactician of undisputed genius, who won victory after victory for the Royalists during the bloody religious conflicts that tore 17th century Scotland apart.’
      • ‘The New Model Army fought the Royalists at the Battle of Naseby in June’
      • ‘Sir Richard was fatally wounded while fighting for the Royalists at Marston Moor and died at Norton Conyers with Cromwell hot on his heels.’
      • ‘But the Parliamentary army finally surprised the Royalists at Marston Moor and defeated them in a ferocious battle.’
      • ‘The Royalists supported the king, Charles I, who believed that he ruled by the divine right of God, and answered to no one.’
      • ‘To secure their route of communications between the vital cities, the Royalists had to take the town and, on December 5 1642, they approached the town from the north.’
      • ‘The Royalists attacked twice, on February 18, and March 28, 1643, and were each time driven off with heavy losses.’
      • ‘The battle, though small, had an important effect on the outcome of the Civil War in Wales, driving the Royalists out of Pembrokeshire.’
      • ‘Political unrest and reform were sweeping across Europe, highlighted in England by the Civil War between the Royalists and the Parliamentarians.’
      • ‘After Charles I's execution and the abolition of the monarchy in 1649, the Prince of Wales became - at least to Royalists - the exiled King Charles II.’
      • ‘This was the time of the Civil War between the Royalists and Parliamentarians and Wallis used his skills in cryptography in decoding Royalist messages for the Parliamentarians.’
      • ‘Most of the artefacts recovered during the excavations relate to the English Civil War sieges between 1644 and 1649 when Royalists held the castle against Oliver Cromwell's Parliamentarians.’
      • ‘In the following years Milton wrote against the Royalists, mysteriously escaping the scaffold for his scandalous comments.’
      • ‘In March 1644 the Royalists under Lord Hopton and the Parliamentarians under Sir William Waller were heading for a showdown.’
    2. 1.2US A supporter of the British during the American Revolution; a Tory.
      • ‘The American Revolution was led by descendants of New England Puritans and southern Royalists, many of them intensely proud of their English origins, culture, and identity.’


  • 1Giving support to the monarchy.

    ‘the paper claims to be royalist’
    • ‘Part of the explanation of the fighting around 1690 was that James's supporters, particularly the Vatican and royalist France, would not accept his successors.’
    • ‘Our report on the Yorkshire Evening Post's premature coverage of the death of the Queen Mother caused outrage among royalist Register readers.’
    • ‘In the event, parliament proceeded with a nauseous display of collective royalist sycophancy and mourning for Britain's past imperial grandeur.’
    • ‘This royalist victory was partly because the Bonapartists and republicans were both discredited by fighting a losing war, and partly because many of the local notables who were elected were instinctively royalist.’
    • ‘He sounds suspiciously royalist himself at times.’
    • ‘Suspicious of royalist strength and opposing the armistice made with Prussia, the Communards wanted to continue the war and were determined that France should regain the principles of the First Republic.’
    • ‘Saudi Arabia and Jordan supported Badr's royalist forces to oppose the newly formed republic.’
    • ‘Yugoslavia as it emerged from World War Two was the product of a popular movement against the Nazi occupation and Serbian royalist forces.’
    • ‘If the populist, royalist Daily Mail saw itself as supporting a very successful project, the tone in the Telegraph remained more in keeping with older ideas of the monarchy.’
    • ‘I think he's a brilliant humanitarian and does a lot of good work, but I'm not sure if it would have been the best thing for us to do to do a staunchly royalist concert to support our second record.’
    • ‘On Chambord's death Lyautey's royalist sympathies seem to have atrophied.’
    • ‘A succession of royalist intrigues had already been exposed.’
    • ‘Louis-Napoleon seemed a pliable figurehead to the old monarchist élites, a means of resurrecting royalist values at a time when traditional monarchy was truly impossible.’
    • ‘The political pendulum swung back towards the crown in 1772 when an increasingly discredited system was overturned by Gustav III's remarkably popular royalist coup.’
    • ‘Hywel's name may carry the same significance, or be later royalist propaganda projected into a mythical past.’
    • ‘Famed for her romantic entanglements, Royalist leanings and stiff upper lip resolve, Scottish aristocrat Grace Dalrymple Elliott spent the dark aftermath of the French Revolution trapped in Paris.’
    1. 1.1 (in the English Civil War) supporting the King against Parliament.
      ‘the Royalist army’
      • ‘In 1651 Oliver Cromwell's army defeated Royalist forces at the Battle of Worcester.’
      • ‘During a mission to recapture a fort near the Irish port of Waterford from Royalist forces in 1645, Cromwell's flagship was sent to the bottom of the sea by a combination of enemy cannon and the rocky coastline.’
      • ‘However, Harlech was the very last Royalist stronghold to fall during the Civil War.’
      • ‘The previously invincible Royalist leader, Prince Rupert, was looking to relieve the siege of York by Parliamentary and Scottish forces, and to keep the north of England as a stronghold for King Charles I.’
      • ‘Dressed in Royalist uniforms and on horseback, they will follow the route taken by Prince Rupert in 1644 when he led a relief force of infantry and cavalry across the Pennines.’
      • ‘In 1646 the Royalist army surrendered and the King handed himself over to the Scots, who had fought on the side of parliament.’
      • ‘Historians of the English Civil War tell us that the Parliamentary and Royalist sides did not divide equally on grounds of religion.’
      • ‘During the Civil War she actively supported the Royalist cause, raising money and troops.’
      • ‘Sir Thomas Fairfax found himself behind the Royalist line, so he took off all insignia and rode through their lines until he could reach safety.’
      • ‘In 1645, Royalist troops were defeated at the Civil War battle of Naseby.’
      • ‘Typhus was rife in the Civil War in Britain, when both the Parliamentary and Royalist armies were affected.’
      • ‘During the English Civil War, the castle was held by Royalist supporters throughout three sieges resulting in it being largely demolished after 1649.’
      • ‘They were tracing the route of the Royalist army of Prince Rupert just before it took part in the battle of Marston Moor in July 1644.’
      • ‘At Marston Moor, in 1644, he commanded the left wing of the royalist army.’
      • ‘In July 1642 Milton married Mary Powell, daughter of Royalist parents; he was 33, she 17.’
      • ‘The pub's history dates back to the seventeenth century, with claims that Sir Thomas Fairfax's wife was captured by Royalist forces in 1643 on the spot where it now stands.’
      • ‘The Royal Court and its entourage had decamped from London to York in late spring of that year, putting York and Yorkshire at the centre of Royalist activism.’
      • ‘On Saturday June 19 the English Civil War Society is due to present a re-enactment of the Battle of Marlborough and the capture of the town by Royalist forces.’
      • ‘There were Royalist revolts, an especially serious one occurring in 1655.’
      • ‘In 1641, Anne's Royalist father, Edward, became an unofficial advisor to King Charles I and, by the time of the Civil War, he had joined the King's Council as Chancellor of the Exchequer.’