Ghibelline definition

gĭbə-lēn, -līn, -lĭn
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.
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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.
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Of this party.
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A member of a medieval aristocratic Italian faction that supported the German emperors in a long struggle against the Popes and the Guelphs.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
ghibelline
Plural:
ghibellines

Origin of ghibelline

  • Italian Ghibellino from Middle High German wībeling name of a Hohenstaufen estate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition