Meaning of Jacobin

Jac•o•bin

Pronunciation: ( jak'u-bin), [key]
— n.
  1. (in the French Revolution) a member of a radical society or club of revolutionaries that promoted the Reign of Terror and other extreme measures, active chiefly from 1789 to 1794: so called from the Dominican convent in Paris, where they originally met.
  2. an extreme radical, esp. in politics.
  3. a Dominican friar.
  4. (l.c.) one of a fancy breed of domestic pigeons having neck feathers that hang over the head like a hood.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
See also: