- a member of the Reformed or Calvinistic communion of France in the 16th and 17th centuries; a French Protestant.
Origin of Huguenot
Examples from the Web for huguenots
The Protestants were in France called Huguenots, but for what reason is not now known.
When the Huguenots get into that position, they are ready for hard fighting.
To its adherents the name of Huguenots was now for the first time given.
The Huguenots of Nismes had taken courage, and guarded their gates.
The descendants of the Huguenots had long since lost their French.Impressions of South Africa
- a French Calvinist, esp of the 16th or 17th centuries
- designating the French Protestant Church
Word Origin and History for huguenots
1562, from Middle French Huguenot, according to French sources originally political, not religious. The name was applied in 1520s to Genevan partisans opposed to the Duke of Savoy (who joined Geneva to the Swiss Confederation), and it is probably an alteration of Swiss German Eidgenoss "confederate," from Middle High German eitgenoze, from eit "oath" + genoze "comrade" (related to Old English geneat "comrade, companion"). The form of the French word probably altered by association with Hugues Besançon, leader of the Genevan partisans. In France, applied generally to French Protestants because Geneva was a Calvinist center.
French Protestants of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, who were frequently persecuted by the government and by the Roman Catholic Church. For a time, the Edict of Nantes allowed them to practice their religion in certain cities. When the edict was revoked by King Louis xiv in the late seventeenth century, many Huguenots left France. Some emigrated to America.