Also found in: Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
One that believes in or advocates rule by hereditary right.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a monarchist who supports the rule of a legitimate dynasty or of its senior branch
2. (Historical Terms) (formerly) a supporter of the elder line of the Bourbon family in France
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a supporter of legitimate authority
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) of or relating to legitimists
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
le•git•i•mist(lɪˈdʒɪt ə mɪst)
1. a supporter of legitimate authority, esp. of a claim to a throne based on direct descent.adj.
2. Also, le•git`i•mis′tic. of, pertaining to, or supporting legitimate authority.
[1835–45; < French légitimiste]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
a supporter of legitimate authority, especially of claims to a throne based on the rights of heredity. — legitimism, n.See also: Government
-Ologies & -Isms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.