A member of one of the two great political factions in Italian medieval politics, traditionally supporting the Holy Roman emperor against the Pope and his supporters, the Guelphs.
More example sentences
- The Italians fought endless civic wars under the banner of Guelph or Ghibelline, Pope or Empire, but they were little more than pretexts for strife.
- The Italian nation was split between the Guelf party, who theoretically supported Papal supremacy, and the Ghibellines, who backed the Emperor.
- Since the early thirteenth century two great factions, the Guelfs and the Ghibellines, had competed for control of Florence.
Definition of Ghibelline in:
- The US English dictionary