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Ghib·el·line(gĭb′ə-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.
[Italian Ghibellino, from Middle High German *wībeling, name of a Hohenstaufen estate.]
1. (Historical Terms) a member of the political faction in medieval Italy originally based on support for the German emperor
2. (Historical Terms) (modifier) of or relating to the Ghibellines. Compare Guelph1
[C16: from Italian Ghibellino, probably from Middle High German Waiblingen, a Hohenstaufen estate]
Ghib•el•line(ˈgɪb ə lɪn, -ˌlin)
1. a member of the aristocratic party in medieval Italy that supported the claims of the German emperors against the papacy: politically opposed to the Guelphs.adj.
2. of or pertaining to the Ghibellines.
[1565–75; < Italian Ghibellino]