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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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Examples from the Web for waldensian

Historical Examples

  • We come now to the creed and organization of the Waldensian Church.

    The Vaudois of Piedmont

    John Napper Worsfold

  • An epistle of Bartholomew Tertian to the Waldensian churches, &c.—20.

    No Cross, No Crown

    William Penn

  • To Protestants, the Waldensian Church is a place of great interest.

  • Christianity had been introduced into the Waldensian country while Britain was still pagan.

  • It was wholly different from the Waldensian movement and its allies.

British Dictionary definitions for waldensian


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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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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