plural noun
Wal·​den·​ses | \ wȯl-ˈden(t)-(ˌ)sēz How to pronounce Waldenses (audio) , wäl- \

Definition of Waldenses

: a Christian sect arising in southern France in the 12th century, adopting Calvinist doctrines in the 16th century, and later living chiefly in Piedmont

Other Words from Waldenses

Waldensian \ wȯl-​ˈden(t)-​shən How to pronounce Waldensian (audio) , -​ˈden(t)-​sē-​ən How to pronounce Waldensian (audio) , wäl-​ \ adjective or noun

First Known Use of Waldenses

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Waldenses

Middle English Waldensis, from Medieval Latin Waldenses, Valdenses, from Peter Waldo (or Valdo)

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“Waldenses.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Waldenses. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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