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A league of both sexes among the Conservatives, founded in 1883. So called because primrose was (erroneously, it is said) taken to be the favorite flower of the Conservative statesman Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield.
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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Primrose League'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/web/p/primrose-league.html. 1828.