Etymology
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GOP

also G.O.P., "U.S. Republican Party," 1884, an abbreviation of Grand Old Party. The Republicans were so called from 1876; the Democratic Party also was referred to occasionally as grand old party, with lower-case letters, in 1870s-80s when the Republicans (formed in 1854) still were considered new and radical. The designation grand old ______ is from about 1850; in Great Britain, Lord Palmerston was known as the Grand Old Man by 1880, and it was abbreviated to G.O.M. by 1882.

updated on April 13, 2015

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Definitions of GOP from WordNet

gop (n.)
the younger of two major political parties in the United States; GOP is an acronym for grand old party;
Synonyms: Republican Party
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