Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


 (wŏl-dĕn′sēz, wôl-)
A Christian sect of dissenters that originated in southern France in the late 1100s and adopted Calvinist doctrines in the 1500s. Also called Vaudois.

[Medieval Latin Waldēnsēs, after Peter Waldo.]

Wal·den′sian (-shən) adj. & n.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


pl n
(Roman Catholic Church) the members of a small sect founded as a reform movement within the Roman Catholic Church by Peter Waldo, a merchant of Lyons in the late 12th century, which in the 16th century joined the Reformation movement. Also called: Vaudois
Waldensian n, adj
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(wɔlˈdɛn siz, wɒl-)

members of a Christian sect that arose in 1170 in S France under the leadership of Pierre Waldo and that joined the Reformation in the 16th century.
[pl. of Middle English Waldensis < Medieval Latin, after Pierre Waldo; see -ensis]
Wal•den′si•an (-si ən, -ʃən) adj., n.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Waldenses - a Christian sect of dissenters that originated in southern France in the late 12th century adopted Calvinist doctrines in the 16th century
religious order, religious sect, sect - a subdivision of a larger religious group
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in classic literature ?
Casaubon was the most interesting man she had ever seen, not excepting even Monsieur Liret, the Vaudois clergyman who had given conferences on the history of the Waldenses. To reconstruct a past world, doubtless with a view to the highest purposes of truth--what a work to be in any way present at, to assist in, though only as a lamp-holder!
They, of course, are Walden all over and all through; are themselves small Waldens in the animal kingdom, Waldenses. It is surprising that they are caught here -- that in this deep and capacious spring, far beneath the rattling teams and chaises and tinkling sleighs that travel the Walden road, this great gold and emerald fish swims.
(22) With the Petrobrusians and the Arnoldists in the twelfth century, Newman found a form of Christianity he believed could be regarded as "measurably conformable to the apostolic standard." (23) The Waldenses and their related groups followed the Petrobrusians and the Arnoldists, leading eventually to Wycliff and Hus.
(11) Gabriel Audisio, translated by Claire Davison, The Waldensian Dissent: Persecution and Survival, c.1170-c.1570 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999); Giorgio Tourn, You Are My Witnesses : The Waldensians Across 800 Years, (Friendship Press, 1989); Paul Tice, History of the Waldenses from the Earliest Period to the Present Time.
as the Romans, Greeks, Georgians, Lutherans, Zwinglians, Waldenses,
Concerning whom Chelcicky read, Atwood, quoting Molnar and Spinka, proposes three influences: the writings of the Waldenses, although these with only a direct reference, John Wyclif and the Hussite literature.
When the Inquisition in all its fury attempted to annihilate all opposition, although publicly targeting the offspring of Abraham, the Jews and the Arabs, the main target again was those who held Scripture as the truth from God, believing in a 24hour 6 day creation with a 7th day Sabbath; the Germanic Waldenses, Albigenses, Huguenots and other tribes in northern Italy and papal states.
(25) For more see Euan Cameron, Waldenses: rejections of holy church in medieval Europe, Oxford, Blackwell, 2000, pp.
It was this unchecked freedom within urban areas that gave rise to the Waldenses in France and the Humiliati of Lombardy.
Overshadowed by crusade-inspiring Cathars, and more evanescent than Waldenses, Beguins--Franciscan tertiaries, lay adherents of the order's Spiritual wing--have attracted scholarly interest in lamentable disproportion to the acute attention they received from inquisitors in southern France during a brief period in the fourteenth century.