• WordNet 3.6
    • n unionist a worker who belongs to a trade union
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Unionist A member or supporter of a trades union.
    • Unionist One who advocates or promotes union; especially a loyal supporter of a federal union, as that of the United States.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n unionist One who promotes or advocates union.
    • n unionist A member of a trade-union; a trade-unionist. One who during the American civil war took the side of the national government.
    • n unionist [capitalized] In British politics, one who is opposed to the dissolution or rupture of the legislative union existing between Great Britain and Ireland, and especially to the separatist principles and tendencies of those who desire to establish home rule in Ireland: a name applied to the Conservatives and Liberal Unionists.
    • unionist Of or pertaining to a union or to unionism; promoting or advocating union: as, a unionist movement; a unionist party.
    • unionist Specifically, during the civil war in the United States, of or pertaining to the Union party or cause.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Unionist one who advocates or supports union, esp. an upholder of the Union and opponent of secession before the American Civil War, also one opposed to granting Home Rule to Ireland, whether a natural Conservative or one of the Liberals who fell away from Mr Gladstone on this question in 1886
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  • Ernest Bevin
    Ernest Bevin
    “The most conservative man in the world is the British Trade Unionist when you want to change him.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. union—L. unio, -onisunus, one.


In literature:

Unionist Papers are forbidden to comment adversely on my operations.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, February 4, 1914" by Various
I found the Unionist writers unanimous on two points.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
Unionist and Abolitionist stood face to face.
"The Negro and the Nation" by George S. Merriam
He was a Tennessee Unionist in whom the planter had unbounded confidence.
"A Lieutenant at Eighteen" by Oliver Optic
Mr. Watson denounces the Armenian massacres or the Boer War, and the Unionists can hardly find words to express their pained surprise.
"From a Cornish Window" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
The men of Dublin on some occasions assaulted Unionist Members of Parliament.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
Unionists were now called upon to render their support to the new government in order to secure peace.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 3 No 3, March 1863" by Various
The unionist party was further strengthened by the state of the country.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
The Unionists received even greater care than the guerillas.
"An Undivided Union" by Oliver Optic
Her house had been alternately the home of Unionists and rebels.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 3 No 2, February 1863" by Various
Mr. Hill and all the rest of the anti-unionists?
"Wilmot and Tilley" by James Hannay
In 1862 he was offered command of a Confederate regiment but declined, being a Unionist.
"A Portrait of Old George Town" by Grace Dunlop Ecker
So does every man in Ireland, Unionist or Nationalist.
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
Union is the word, and Unionist is the Epithet.
"Name and Fame" by Adeline Sergeant
He was a Unionist by conviction, but he did not think the times were yet ripe for the Union, and he therefore voted against it.
"A Book of Sibyls" by Anne Thackeray (Mrs. Richmond Ritchie)
Neither of these circumstances explain the unionist spirit of Ulster.
"Nationality and Race from an Anthropologist's Point of View" by Arthur Keith
President Lincoln wanted Chattanooga to relieve the sorely persecuted Unionists of East Tennessee.
"Si Klegg, Book 4 (of 6) Experiences Of Si And Shorty On The Great Tullahoma Campaign" by John McElroy
In 1860, however, he ceased to be a Unionist, and became a leader of the secession movement.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
About one-half of the residents are good Unionists.
"Our Battery" by Orlando P. Cutter
A combined attack by Confederate forces around 3:45 in the afternoon overwhelmed the Unionists, who fell back and retired.
"A History of the Town of Fairfax" by Jeanne Johnson Rust

In poetry:

We are accused of terrorism:
if we raised our voices against
the regionalists of our leaders.
All changed their rides:
from Unionists
to Brokers.
"I Am With Terrorism" by Nizar Qabbani

In news:

Pressure for a unionist pact in time for next year's Assembly election is set to intensify, the defeated south Belfast DUP candidate Jimmy Spratt claimed today.
Scottish independence in 2014 could fuel demands for a border poll here - but from unionists not republicans, says Ruairi O'Kane.
Arthur Barnes talks of his late wife, unionist Sandra Feldman, while Marianne Hegge listens.
Traditional Unionist Voice candidate William Ross suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of sitting DUP MP Gregory Campbell in the East Londonderry constituency.
Brian McLaughlin, president of the NYC Central Labor Council, told unionists that President Bush needs to be held accountable for the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs to overseas companies.
Physical education teacher Steve Esposito presents testimony as other unionists listen.
Lord Maginnis has quit the Ulster Unionists after 50 years.
NYSUT members and other unionists must continue to be vigilant against attacks on their professions and the middle class, said Lily Eskelsen, vice president of the National Education Association, one of NYSUT's national affiliates.
The Ulster Unionist Party, once the powerful voice of pro-British activism in Northern Ireland, has turned to Freddy Mercury impersonator Flash Harry to improve its political standing.
In Bahrain, AFT leader seeks release of teacher unionist .
Ulster Unionist peer Ken Maginnis has been slammed for remarks about homosexuality.
Ulster Unionist Party leadership hopeful John McCallister has revealed he would back Down in an All-Ireland GAA final and has no problem with gay pride events.
Peter Robinson is in the headlines (News, October 2), telling us of the security and attraction of the Union not only for unionists, but for nationalists, too.
Police say the detained unionists are charged with breach of the peace.
When unionist councillor Jackie Crawford told Magherafelt District Council that being gay was like having "a disease" turns out he was mis-speaking.