Primrose League

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Primrose League (Eng. Politics) A league of both sexes among the Conservatives, founded in 1883. So called because primrose was (erroneously, it is said) taken to be the favorite flower of the Conservative statesman Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Primrose League a political association for the spread of Conservative opinions—formed in 1883 in memory of Lord Beaconsfield, whose favourite flower is said to have been the primrose
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. prime rose—as if L. prima rosa; really through O. Fr. primerole and Low L. dim. forms from L. primus.

Usage

In literature:

She is a great supporter of what they call the Primrose League here.
"The Yellow Crayon" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Why, damme, sir, she's consented to stand for Grand Dame of the Bermondsey Branch of the Primrose League next year.
"Sketches in Lavender, Blue and Green" by Jerome K. Jerome
You surely don't fancy civilians are members of a Primrose League?
"Under the Deodars" by Rudyard Kipling
I'll go and join the Primrose League.
"The Coryston Family" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
It made them scream at the Primrose League meeting at Crowdale.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 100, April 11, 1891" by Various
In any case he greatly preferred the solid assurance of the Primrose League.
"H. G. Wells" by J. D. Beresford
Once she had gone to a Primrose League picnic in the grounds of an Edinburgh M.P.
"The Judge" by Rebecca West
It is not only the members of the Primrose League who are so anxious to praise each other.
"Lazy Thoughts of a Lazy Girl" by Jenny Wren
Are any of the Primrose League coming, do you know, Savile?
"The Twelfth Hour" by Ada Leverson
My father is secretary to the Primrose League.
"The Return of the Prodigal" by May Sinclair
Primrose League, 357, 381, 389, 393, 422.
"Norfolk Annals A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteeth Century, Vol. 2" by Charles Mackie
Someone told him that I held a position in the Primrose League, and he at once wanted to know all about it.
"Fifty-One Years of Victorian Life" by Margaret Elizabeth Leigh Child-Villiers, Countess of Jersey
Primrose League, II, 170.
"Julia Ward Howe" by Laura E. Richards
Salvation Army, Temperance, Primrose League, or what?
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 105, November 11, 1893" by Various
You preside at mother's meetings, and you are local president of the Primrose League.
"Dodo Wonders" by E. F. Benson
I went first to Perthshire, where I had to speak at some Primrose League meetings.
"The Great God Gold" by William Le Queux
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In poetry:

The musician Grieg
Joined the Primrose League.
It gave him the idea of his chorus,
‘The Unburied Ichthyosaurus.’
"Clerihew – Grieg" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley