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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Ghibelline \Ghib"el*line\, n. [It. Ghibellino; of German origin.] (It. Hist.) One of a faction in Italy, in the 12th and 13th centuries, which favored the German emperors, and opposed the Guelfs, or adherents of the poses. --Brande & C. [1913 Webster]