plural noun

Wal·​den·​ses wȯl-ˈden(t)-(ˌ)sēz How to pronounce Waldenses (audio)
: a Christian sect arising in southern France in the 12th century, adopting Calvinist doctrines in the 16th century, and later living chiefly in Piedmont
Waldensian adjective or noun

Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Waldenses was in the 15th century

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“Waldenses.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Waldenses. Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

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