Meaning of left wing in English:

left wing

Pronunciation /ˌlɛft ˈwɪŋ/

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the left wing
  • 1The section of a political party or system that advocates greater social and economic equality, and typically favours socially liberal ideas; the socialist or progressive group or section.

    ‘I don't know that anyone is in a position to do that and certainly not the left wing of the Labour Party.’
    • ‘He's stood for most of what the left wing of the Democratic Party has stood for since 1972.’
    • ‘The government was saved from defeat by division within the opposition and the takeover of the Labour Party by its left wing.’
    • ‘I decided that they had become the left wing of the Republican Party.’
    • ‘But, make no mistake, the chorus of complaint is not limited to the left wing of the Democratic Party.’
    • ‘The United States, particularly the left wing of the Democratic Party, also lives with a guilty conscience.’
    • ‘The right wing allied itself with the Democratic Party, the left wing became a component part of the new Communist Party.’
    • ‘Luxemburg was among the greatest revolutionaries of the 20th century, leading the left wing of the German socialist movement.’
    • ‘Fuller's stance on most social and economic issues puts him in the Democratic party's left wing.’
    • ‘The Chancellor has already made it clear to the fractious left wing of the Social Democrats that he will resign if he does not carry the day.’
    • ‘Nahles is regarded as belonging to the party's left wing.’
    • ‘As former chairman of the SPD's Young Socialists, Nahles is regarded as a spokeswoman of the party's left wing.’
    • ‘In Germany and Italy, these groups have constituted a permanent, minority left wing within the party.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, he is considered to be part of the party's left wing.’
    • ‘Maitan has also defended the majority around Bertinotti from criticisms made by the party's left wing.’
    • ‘They became the core of the left wing of the Synarchist network, throughout the Caribbean region and below.’
  • 2The left side of a team on the field in soccer, rugby, and field hockey.

    ‘his usual position on the left wing’
    • ‘Zidane took a free-kick from the left wing that curled all the way to the far post.’
    • ‘Malouda is fouled on the French left wing but Ribery's free kick into the box comes to nothing.’
    • ‘Some slick passing by Chelsea in midfield releases Frank Lampard down the left wing.’
    • ‘Deco drives a low free kick into the Chelsea box from the left wing, but his delivery is poor and Lampard clears easily.’
    • ‘He's been a consistent performer over his 170 games for Liverpool whether he's played at left back or on the left wing.’
    1. 2.1The left side of an army.
      ‘the Allied left wing’
      • ‘Roughly the same time two divisions were sent by Lee to reinforce the left wing.’
      • ‘The commander of the left wing of the army eyed the approaching enemy formation with interest.’
      • ‘At Marston Moor, in 1644, he commanded the left wing of the royalist army.’
      • ‘McClellan's left wing would then march south and strike Buckeystown and cut off the Confederate line of retreat.’
      • ‘On 27 August they crushed the Second Army's left wing.’


  • Advocating or taking measures to promote greater social and economic equality, and typically favouring socially liberal ideas; socialist or progressive.

    ‘left-wing activists’
    • ‘left-wing causes’
    • ‘he was mildly left-wing’
    • ‘Of course socialists should always support left wing officials against the right.’
    • ‘In the longer term I would hope for a broad left wing alternative to the failed politics of the South.’
    • ‘It was a mass political event, with a very left wing mood.’
    • ‘He's hoping the Communists will eventually play a part in some sort of broad left wing coalition government.’
    • ‘This is because union activist are more left wing than Labour party members and ordinary members are less likely to vote.’
    • ‘The far left was also hit by the Socialist Party's appeal for left wing voters to unite behind it, as well as by its own disunity.’
    • ‘I note that the members of left wing political parties tend to have side organisations which tend to factionalise.’
    • ‘Mark was a rank and file activist and is a left wing socialist.’
    • ‘Union activists and left wing officials told Socialist Worker it would be a disaster to become mesmerised by those talks.’
    • ‘He dismissed as nonsense her claim that the march would be dominated by anti-government left wing political parties.’
    • ‘It was organised by the left wing Socialist Campaign Group of MPs.’
    • ‘He is a former left wing socialist and mass strike leader.’
    • ‘The former left wing socialist and strike leader got 47 percent of votes, almost double that of any other candidate.’
    • ‘But when left wing Social Democrats refused to agree to united action the Communist leaders abandoned the attempt.’
    • ‘Many left wing political organisations in India talk about the need to organise among the working class, but then see elections as the best way of implementing their ideas.’
    • ‘But he was careful to retain links with a layer of left wing trade union and party officials.’
    • ‘I haven't always been as left wing or even as political as I am now.’
    • ‘At different times in Labour's history the party's left wing critics have been told they open the door to letting the Tories back in.’
    • ‘Few bands as left wing as System of a Down have enjoyed the level of mainstream success achieved by this second generation Armenian quartet.’
    • ‘The grand coalition's programme marks a complete break with the SPD's election campaign, in which the party used left wing language to try to hold on to votes.’
    progressive, liberal, reforming


Late Middle English (in sense ‘left side of an army’). The political meaning arose with reference to the National Assembly in France (1789–91), where the nobles sat to the president's right and the commons to the left.