Huguenot definition

hyo͝ogə-nŏt
A French Protestant of the 16th to 18th centuries.
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Any French Protestant of the 16th or 17th cent.
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(historical) A member of the Protestant Reformed Church of France during the 16th and 17th century.
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Of, like or relating to Huguenotism or Huguenots.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
huguenot
Plural:
huguenots

Origin of huguenot

  • French from Old French huguenot member of a Swiss political movement alteration (influenced by Bezanson Hugues (c. 1491–1532?), Swiss political leader) of dialectal eyguenot from German dialectal Eidgenosse confederate from Middle High German eitgenōz eit oath (from Old High German eid) genōz companion (from Old High German ginōz)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French huguenot (“Huguenot; also, a personal name and surname”), diminutive of Hugo, Hugon, Hugues, from Middle High German Hūg, Hūc (“Hugh, a man's name”), from Middle High German huge (“mind”), from Old High German hugu (“mind, thought”), from Proto-Germanic *huguz, *hugiz (“mind”), of unknown origin. Cognate with Old English hyge (“thought, mind, heart, disposition, intention, courage, pride”).

    From Wiktionary