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

  • n. A French Protestant of the 16th and 17th centuries.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A member of the Protestant Reformed Church of France during the 16th and 17th century.
  • adj. Of, like or relating to Huguenotism or Huguenots.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A French Protestant of the period of the religious wars in France in the 16th century.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A member of the Reformed or Calvinistic communion of France in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

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

  • n. a French Calvinist of the 16th or 17th centuries

Etymologies

French, from Old French huguenot, member of a Swiss political movement, alteration (influenced by Bezanson Hugues (c. 1491-1532?), Swiss political leader) of dialectal eyguenot, from German dialectal Eidgenosse, confederate, from Middle High German eitgenōz : eit, oath (from Old High German eid) + genōz, companion (from Old High German ginōz).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French huguenot ("Huguenot; also, a personal name and surname"), diminutive of Hugo, Hugon, Hugues, from Middle High German Hūg, Hūc ("Hugh, a man's name"), from Middle High German huge ("mind"), from Old High German hugu ("mind, thought"), from Proto-Germanic *huguz, *hugiz (“mind”), of unknown origin. Cognate with Old English hyge ("thought, mind, heart, disposition, intention, courage, pride"). (Wiktionary)

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