- a French Dominican friar: the Dominicans were established in a convent at the Church of St. Jacques in Paris
- any member of a society of radical democrats in France during the Revolution of 1789: their meetings were held in the Jacobin friars' convent
- an extreme political radical
Origin of JacobinMiddle French from Medieval Latin Jacobinus from Ecclesiastical Late Latin Jacobus: see jack
of the Jacobins or their policies
also Jac·o·bin′ic or Jac·o·bin′i·cal
- A radical or extreme leftist.
- A radical republican during the French Revolution.
- A Dominican friar.
Origin of JacobinMiddle English Dominican friar from French from Old French (frere) jacobin ( translation of Medieval Latin (frāter) Iacōbīnus Jacobinic brother ) ( from Iacōbus James ) ( after the church of Saint Jacques in Paris, near which the friars built their first convent ) Sense 2, from the fact that the Jacobins first met in the convent
- Jac′o·bin′ic Jac′o·bin′i·cal