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[kawr-dl-eer] /ˌkɔr dlˈɪər/
a Franciscan friar: so called from the knotted cord worn as a girdle.
Cordeliers, a political club in Paris that met at an old Cordelier convent at the time of the French Revolution.
Origin of Cordelier
1350-1400; < Middle French; replacing Middle English cordeler. See cordelle, -er2 Unabridged
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  • The magazine of the Cordelier was reached, and she and the Regent went up into the air together.

  • Madam, said she, did you not observe that fine young Cordelier, who brought the Box?

  • Thenceforth, if I saw any cowl of a Cordelier as I walked, I even turned and went the other way.

    A Monk of Fife Andrew Lang
  • Charles had about him ‘an Irish Cordelier,’ one Kelly, whom he employed as a secretary.

    Pickle the Spy Andrew Lang
  • Till a Cordelier's Deputation actually went to examine, and found it—carried off again!

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
  • As I had hoped, the gate was thrown open before the Cordelier.

  • The poor Cordelier was so frightened that he could not speak, and answered never a word.

  • One priest there is in Compiègne who takes no keep of his life, a Cordelier.

    A Monk of Fife Andrew Lang
  • If the Amant rendu Cordelier be his, he too appears among those who jest at the follies and extravagance of love.

  • He was in constant fear of being poisoned, and had his food prepared by a Cordelier lay-brother.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921 Thomas J. Campbell
British Dictionary definitions for Cordelier


(RC Church) a Franciscan friar of the order of the Friars Minor
Word Origin
C19: from Old French cordelle, literally: a little cord, from the knotted cord girdles that they wear
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