- The definition of a bigot is a person who is prejudiced, or intolerant of those who are different.
A person who thinks all men are better than all women is an example of a bigot.
bigot definition by Webster's New World
- a person who holds blindly and intolerantly to a particular creed, opinion, etc.
- a narrow-minded, prejudiced person
Origin: French ; from Old French a term of insult used of Normans, apparently a Norman oath ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Middle English bi god, by God
bigot definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: French, from Old French.Word History: Bigots may have more in common with God than one might think. Legend has it that Rollo, the first duke of Normandy, refused to kiss the foot of the French king Charles III, uttering the phrase bi got, his borrowing of the assumed Old English equivalent of our expression by God. Although this story is almost surely apocryphal, it is true that bigot was used by the French as a term of abuse for the Normans, but not in a religious sense. Later, however, the word, or very possibly a homonym, was used abusively in French for the Beguines, members of a Roman Catholic lay sisterhood. From the 15th century on Old French bigot meant “an excessively devoted or hypocritical person.” Bigot is first recorded in English in 1598 with the sense “a superstitious hypocrite.”