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[wawl-den-seez, wol-]
noun (used with a singular verb)
  1. 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.
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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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Historical Examples of waldenses

  • The storm of papal persecution first burst upon the Waldenses in France.

    Fox's Book of Martyrs

    John Foxe

  • But of all the heretical bodies in Bohemia the most influential were the Waldenses.

  • If the Taborites taught the Waldenses, who taught the Taborites?

  • The Waldenses inhabit their hills, much as the Jews did their Palestine.

  • Nor were the Waldenses content simply to maintain their faith.

British Dictionary definitions for waldenses


pl n
  1. 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
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Derived FormsWaldensian (wɒlˈdɛnsɪən), noun, adjective
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