[ wawl-den-seez, wol- ]
/ wɔlˈdɛn siz, wɒl- /

noun (used with a singular verb)

a Christian sect that arose after 1170 in southern France, under the leadership of Pierre Waldo, a merchant of Lyons, and joined the Reformation movement in the 16th century.

Origin of Waldenses

plural of Middle English Waldensis < Medieval Latin, after Pierre Waldo; see -ensis

Also called Vaudois.

Related formsWal·den·si·an [wawl-den-see-uh n, -shuh n, wol-] /wɔlˈdɛn si ən, -ʃən, wɒl-/, adjective, noun

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/ (wɒlˈdɛnsiːz) /

pl n

the members of a small sect founded as a reform movement within the Roman Catholic Church by Peter Waldo, a merchant of Lyons in the late 12th century, which in the 16th century joined the Reformation movementAlso called: Vaudois
Derived FormsWaldensian (wɒlˈdɛnsɪən), noun, adjective

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