[ wawl-den-seez, wol- ]

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

Origin of Waldenses

First recorded in 1400–50; plural of Middle English Waldensis, from Medieval Latin, after Pierre Waldo; see -ensis

Other words from Waldenses

  • Wal·den·si·an [wawl-den-see-uhn, -shuhn, wol-], /wɔlˈdɛn si ən, -ʃən, wɒl-/, adjective, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for Waldenses


/ (wɒlˈdɛnsiːz) /

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 movement: Also called: Vaudois

Derived forms of Waldenses

  • Waldensian (wɒlˈdɛnsɪən), noun, adjective

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