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See also: Republican



From republic +‎ -an, partly after French républicain.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɹɪˈpʌblɪkən/
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  • Rhymes: -pʌblɪkən


republican (comparative more republican, superlative most republican)

  1. Advocating or supporting a republic as a form of government, advocating or supporting republicanism. [from 17th c.]
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 222:
      Republican ideology had no obvious institutional focus and ideological carrier as was the case with the discourse of reason (the monarchy) and the discourse of law (the parlements).
  2. Of or belonging to a republic. [from 17th c.]
    • 1848, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 1, in The History of England from the Accession of James II:
      The Roman emperors were republican magistrates named by the senate.



republican (plural republicans)

  1. Someone who favors a republic as a form of government. [from 17th c.]
    • 1791, James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson:
      Sir, there is one Mrs Macaulay in this town, a great republican. One day when I was at her house, I put on a very grave countenance, and said to her, 'Madam, I am now become a convert to your way of thinking. I am convinced that all mankind are upon an equal footing...'
    • 2017 June 24, David Young, “New approach needed to convince unionists about United Ireland, Adams tell conference”, in
      Nationalists and republicans need to adopt a new approach to convince unionists of the merits of uniting Ireland, Gerry Adams has said.
  2. A bird of a kind that builds many nests together: the American cliff swallow, or the South African weaver bird.





republican m (feminine singular republicana, masculine plural republicans, feminine plural republicanes)

  1. republican

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  1. Second-person plural (ustedes) present indicative form of republicar.
  2. Third-person plural (ellos, ellas, also used with ustedes?) present indicative form of republicar.