|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|
|Related terms:||protest renegade|
|5.||[ adjective ] used by northerners of Confederate soldiers|
"the rebel yell"
|6.||[ noun ] someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action|
|7.||[ adjective ] participating in organized resistance to a constituted government|
"the rebelling confederacy"