Ghibelline[gib′ə lēn′, -lin, -līn′]
Ghibelline definition by Webster's New World
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any member of a political party in medieval Italy that supported the authority of the German emperors in Italy in opposition to the papal party of the Guelphs
Origin: Italian Ghibellino, for German Waiblingen, Hohenstaufen estate in Franconia
of this party
Ghibelline definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A member of the aristocratic political faction who fought during the Middle Ages for German imperial control of Italy, in opposition to the Guelphs and the papacy.
Origin: Italian Ghibellino, from Middle High German *wībeling, name of a Hohenstaufen estate.