1. [ noun ] (informal) `johnny' was applied as a nickname for Confederate soldiers by the Federal soldiers in the American Civil War; `grayback' derived from their gray Confederate uniforms
Synonyms: Reb Johnny grayback Johnny_Reb
Related terms: Confederate_soldier colloquialism
2. [ verb ] take part in a rebellion; renounce a former allegiance
Synonyms: rise rise_up arise
Related terms: protest revolt mutiny rebellion
3. [ noun ] (military,politics) a person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority (especially in the hope of improving conditions)
Synonyms: mutineer insurrectionist freedom_fighter insurgent
Related terms: revolutionist reformer mutineer denmark_vesey sir_william_wallace young_turk nat_turner
4. [ verb ] break with established customs
Synonyms: renegade
Related terms: protest renegade
5. [ adjective ] used by northerners of Confederate soldiers

"the rebel yell"

Related terms: southern
6. [ noun ] someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action
Synonyms: maverick
Related terms: nonconformist
7. [ adjective ] participating in organized resistance to a constituted government
Synonyms: rebelling rebellious

"the rebelling confederacy"

Related terms: disloyal
Similar spelling:   Rebelo