Waldenses

Waldenses

[wawl-den-seez, wol-]
noun (used with a singular verb)
a Christian sect that arose after 1170 in southern France, under the leadership of Pierre Waldo, a merchant of Lyons, and joined the Reformation movement in the 16th century.
Also called Vaudois.


Origin:
plural of Middle English Waldensis < Medieval Latin, after Pierre Waldo; see -ensis

Waldensian [wawl-den-see-uhn, -shuhn, wol-] , adjective, noun
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Waldenses (wɒlˈdɛnsiːz)
 
pl n
Also called: Vaudois the members of a small sect founded as a reform movement within the Roman Catholic Church by Peter Waldo, a merchant of Lyons in the late 12th century, which in the 16th century joined the Reformation movement
 
Waldensian
 
n, —adj

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