Pronunciation: (roi'u-list),[key] —n. 1. a supporter or adherent of a king or royal government, esp. in times of rebellion or civil war.
2. (cap.) a Cavalier adherent of Charles I of England.
3. a loyalist in the American Revolution; Tory.
4. (cap.) an adherent of the house of Bourbon in France.
—adj. of or pertaining to royalists: royalist sympathies.