- of, relating to, or of the nature of a republic.
- favoring a republic.
- fitting or appropriate for the citizen of a republic: a very republican notion.
- (initial capital letter) of or relating to the Republican Party.
- a person who favors a republican form of government.
- (initial capital letter) a member of the Republican Party.
- of, resembling, or relating to a republic
- supporting or advocating a republic
- a supporter or advocate of a republic
- of, belonging to, or relating to a Republican Party
- of, belonging to, or relating to the Irish Republican Army
- a member or supporter of a Republican Party
- a member or supporter of the Irish Republican Army
1712, “belonging to a republic, of the nature of a republic, consonant to the principles of a republic,” from republic + -an. The French republican calendar was in use from Nov. 26, 1793 to Dec. 31, 1805.
“one who favors a republic or republican principles” (or, as Johnson puts it, “One who thinks a commonwealth without monarchy the best government”), 1690s; see from republican (adj.). With capital R-, in reference to a member of a specific U.S. political party (the Anti-Federalists) from 1782, though this was not the ancestor of the modern U.S. Republican Party, which dates from 1854.
A member of the Republican party.