Definition of Orleanist in English:



  • A person supporting the claim to the French throne of the descendants of the Duke of Orleans (1640–1701), younger brother of Louis XIV, especially Louis Philippe (King of France, 1830–48).

    ‘As Joan herself recalled during her trials, while her own village of Domremy was predominantly Orleanist, the nearby village of Maxey was Burgundian in allegiance.’
    • ‘She devoted herself entirely to Prince Talleyrand and acted as his hostess when he became ambassador to London after the Orleanist Louis-Philippe was made king of the French in 1830.’
    • ‘A staunch Orleanist, he played a decisive role in convincing Louis-Philippe to accept the crown and later served as president of the Chamber of Deputies from 1832 to 1840.’
    • ‘Behind the scenes both Bonapartists and Orleanists saw the opportunity to exploit the mass support that Boulanger's campaign generated and use him as a Trojan Horse for the restoration of their own claimants.’
    • ‘Bourbons, Orleanists, Bonapartists, and Republicans all struggled to imagine France as a site of glory based on its historic achievements and providential tasks, a mythic ideal of social and religious harmony.’



/ôrˈlē(ə)nəst/ /ɔrˈli(ə)nəst/


From French Orléaniste, from Orléans.