[wawl-den-seez, wol-]

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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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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Word Origin and History for waldensian


c.1600, from Waldenses (plural), mid-15c., from Medieval Latin, apparently from Waldensis, a variant form of the surname of Peter Waldo, the preacher who originated the sect c.1170 in southern France. Excommunicated 1184, they eventually were swept into the Protestant revolt (16c.).

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