Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. See Waldenses.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An inhabitant of the Swiss canton of Vaud.
  • n. A member of the Waldensian religious movement.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An inhabitant, or the inhabitants, of the Swiss canton of Vaud.
  • n. A modern name of the Waldenses.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The dialect spoken in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland.
  • n. An inhabitant or the inhabitants of the canton of Vaud.
  • Pertaining to the canton of Vaud or to its inhabitants.
  • A member or the members of the religious body generally known as Waldenses. See Waldensian.
  • Pertaining to the Vaudois or Waldenses.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a Christian sect of dissenters that originated in southern France in the late 12th century adopted Calvinist doctrines in the 16th century

Etymologies

French, from Old French vaudeis, from Medieval Latin Waldēnsēs; see Waldenses.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The country of the Vaudois is the material basis of their history; and the sublime points of their scenery join in, as it were, with the sublime passages of their nation.

    Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber Or The Influence of Romanism on Trade, Justice, and Knowledge

  • "Vaudois," they said, "until now you have been the last; to-day justice must be done you, and you shall walk at our head!"

    The Vaudois of Piedmont A Visit to their Valleys

  • It was no longer necessary to call them Manichæans, a name which was at that time given to every class of heretics: for Manichæan, Patarin, and Vaudois were the same thing.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Vaudois in the twelfth, and that of the Albigenses in the thirteenth century.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Geneva, and those poor Vaudois shepherd-saints, whose bones for generations past

    Westward Ho!

  • Albigenses, and the cruel Piedmontese with the Vaudois, that they turn to bloody Rome; the Pope will no doubt welcome them, for the

    Lavengro

  • Last year I reported on James Murray's letter of application to the British Museum Library, which did not get the future editor of the OED a job despite his acquaintance with the Romance tongues, Italian, French, Catalan, Spanish, Latin & in a lesser degree Portuguese, Vaudois, Provencal, & various dialects...

    languagehat.com: GOTHIC REQUIRED.

  • The move was inspired by the Helvetic Committee in Paris, a revolutionary group headed by Frédéric-César de La Harpe, (1754–1838), a Vaudois whose great aim was the liberation of his homeland from the hated Bernese aristocracy, and by Peter Ochs of Basel, who drafted the Helvetic constitution and submitted it to the directory.

    1798, Jan. 23

  • Pacification of Pinerolo, with France: the duke of Savoy stopped the persecution of Vaudois and Charles II was to be expelled from France.

    1652

  • Jean Paul Perrin, History of the Vaudois (London, 1655), 1. 53.

    The Pamphleteers Protestant Champion: Viewing Oliver Cromwell Through the Media of his Day

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