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  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.
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Origin of Cordelier

1350–1400; < Middle French; replacing Middle English cordeler. See cordelle, -er2
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Historical Examples of cordeliers

  • This is M. Danton, a brother-lawyer, President of the Cordeliers, of whom you will have heard.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • The stronghold of the new movement was the Club of the Cordeliers.

    Lectures on the French Revolution

    John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton

  • The Cordeliers' Church was to serve as the place of conference.

  • It was made into a church, which at present is served by the Cordeliers.

  • Oliver Maillard, a French divine of the order of Cordeliers, died.

British Dictionary definitions for cordeliers


  1. the Cordeliers a political club founded in 1790 and meeting at an old Cordelier convent in Paris
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  1. RC Church a Franciscan friar of the order of the Friars Minor
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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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