Waldenses definition by Webster's New World
a sect of dissenters from the Roman Catholic Church which arose about 1170 in S France: excommunicated in 1184, they survive esp. in northwestern Italy
Origin: Middle English waldensis ; from Midieval Latin waldenses, after Peter Waldo, 12th-c. French merchant and founder of the sect
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- Waldensian adjective, noun
Waldenses definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A Christian sect of dissenters that originated in southern France in the late 12th century and adopted Calvinist doctrines in the 16th century. Also called Vaudois.
Origin: Medieval Latin Waldēnsēs, after Peter Waldo.
- Wal·denˈsian adjective & n.