a sect of dissenters from the Roman Catholic Church which arose about 1170 in S France: excommunicated in 1184, they survive esp. in NW Italy
Origin of WaldensesMiddle English waldensis ; from Medieval Latin waldenses, after Peter Waldo, 12th-c. French merchant and founder of the sect
A Christian sect of dissenters that originated in southern France in the late 1100s and adopted Calvinist doctrines in the 1500s. Also called Vaudois.
Origin of WaldensesMedieval Latin Wald&emacron;ns&emacron;s, after Peter Waldo.