Huguenot

[ hyoo-guh-not or, often, yoo- ]
/ ˈhyu gəˌnɒt or, often, ˈyu- /

noun

a member of the Reformed or Calvinistic communion of France in the 16th and 17th centuries; a French Protestant.

Origin of Huguenot

1555–65; < French, perhaps blend of Hugues (name of a political leader in Geneva) and eidgenot, back formation from eidgenots, Swiss variant of German Eidgenoss confederate, literally, oath comrade

Related forms

Hu·gue·not·ic, adjectiveHu·gue·not·ism, noun
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Huguenot

/ (ˈhjuːɡəˌnəʊ, -ˌnɒt) /

noun

a French Calvinist, esp of the 16th or 17th centuries

adjective

designating the French Protestant Church

Derived Forms

Huguenotic, adjectiveHuguenotism, noun

Word Origin for Huguenot

C16: from French, from Genevan dialect eyguenot one who opposed annexation by Savoy, ultimately from Swiss German Eidgenoss confederate; influenced by Hugues, surname of 16th-century Genevan burgomaster
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