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 Waldēnsēs, after Peter Waldo.