from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One of the French Protestants of the Cevennes region of south-central France, who raised an insurrection against the persecutions which followed the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the French Protestant insurgents who rebelled against Louis XIV, after the revocation of the edict of Nates; -- so called from the peasant's smock (camise) which they wore.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the French Protestants of the Cévennes who took up arms in defense of their civil and religious liberties early in the eighteenth century: so called from the white blouses worn by the peasants who were the chief actors in the insurrection.


French, from the peasant's smock or camise which they wore. (Wiktionary)



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