- 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
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Examples from the Web for cordelier
Madam, said she, did you not observe that fine young Cordelier, who brought the Box?The Works of Aphra Behn
Charles had about him ‘an Irish cordelier,’ one Kelly, whom he employed as a secretary.Pickle the Spy
No doubt some city gate would be opened to the Cordelier's band.
As I had hoped, the gate was thrown open before the Cordelier.
The cordelier was as glad of that as a man who has stalked a covey of partridges.A Monk of Fife
- RC Church a Franciscan friar of the order of the Friars Minor
C19: from Old French cordelle, literally: a little cord, from the knotted cord girdles that they wear
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