[ kawr-dl-eer ]

  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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How to use Cordelier in a sentence

  • The magazine of the Cordelier was reached, and she and the Regent went up into the air together.

  • There have been three duels, two deaths, and one captain of the Royal Roussillon turned Cordelier for my sake.

    The Golden Dog | William Kirby
  • The visible sign of their understanding was the appearance in December of the Vieux Cordelier.

    Lectures on the French Revolution | John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
  • Louis listened attentively to the Cordelier, and the friar's words sank deep into his mind.

    The Boy Crusaders | John G. Edgar
  • So spake Hebert in Cordelier Session; with vivats, till the roofs rang again.

    The French Revolution | Thomas Carlyle

British Dictionary definitions for Cordelier


/ (ˌkɔːdɪˈlɪə) /

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

Origin of Cordelier

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

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