Definition of Waldenses in English:


plural noun

  • A Christian sect that was founded in southern France c.1170 by Peter Valdes (d.1205), a merchant of Lyons, and adopted Calvinist doctrines during the Reformation, now existing chiefly in Italy and America.

    ‘The poorly equipped Waldenses (also called Vaudois) offered heroic resistance.’
    • ‘In Germany it targeted a sect called the Waldenses, and pantheists.’
    • ‘The proclamational approach of the book of Acts had gradually transferred from Rome to the sectarian movements of the early and mid-Middle Ages: e.g. Paulicians, Albigenses, and Waldenses.’



/wôlˈdensēz/ /wɔlˈdɛnsiz/ /wälˈdensēz/ /wɑlˈdɛnsiz/