Cordelier

[kawr-dl-eer]
noun
  1. a Franciscan friar: so called from the knotted cord worn as a girdle.
  2. 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
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Cordelier

noun
  1. RC Church a Franciscan friar of the order of the Friars Minor

Word Origin for Cordelier

C19: from Old French cordelle, literally: a little cord, from the knotted cord girdles that they wear
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