Ghibelline[gib′ə lēn′, -lin, -līn′]
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 of GhibellineItalian Ghibellino, for German Waiblingen, Hohenstaufen estate in Franconia
of this party
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 of GhibellineItalian Ghibellino, from Middle High German *wībeling, name of a Hohenstaufen estate.