• WordNet 3.6
    • n Huguenot a French Calvinist of the 16th or 17th centuries
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Huguenot (Eccl. Hist) A French Protestant of the period of the religious wars in France in the 16th century.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Huguenot A member of the Reformed or Calvinistic communion of France in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The Huguenots were the Puritans of France, noted in general for their austere virtues and the singular purity of their lives. They were persecuted in the reign of Francis I. and his immediate successors, and after 1562 were frequently at war with the Catholics, under the lead of such men as Admiral Coligny and the King of Navarre (afterward Henry IV. of France). In spite of these wars and the massacre of St. Bartholomew. August 24th, 1572, they continued numerous and powerful, and the edict of Nantes, issued by Henry IV. (1598), secured to them full political and civil rights. Their political power was broken after the surrender of La Rochelle in 1628, and the revocation of the edict of Nantes by Louis XIV. (1685) and the subsequent persecutions forced hundreds of thousands into exile to Prussia, the Netherlands, Switzerland England, etc. Many settled in the colonies of New York, Virginia, etc., but especially in South Carolina. The name is sometimes applied at the present day to the descendants of the original Huguenots.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Huguenot hū′ge-not or -nō the name formerly given in France to an adherent of the Reformation.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., properly a dim. of Hugues,. The name is probably derived from the Christian name (Huguenot,) of some person conspicuous as a reformer
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. a dim. of the personal name Hugo, Hugon, Hugues, Hugh, name of some French Calvinist, later a general nickname. Not the Swiss eidguenot, Ger. eidgenossen, confederates.


In literature:

The Martineaus were of good old Huguenot stock, and the French language came easy to Harriet.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Philosophers, Volume 8" by Elbert Hubbard
You come from a Huguenot family, I believe.
"A Little Girl in Old Quebec" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Mamma was a Huguenot, you know.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
The war was now begun, and the Huguenots made terms with Buckingham, hoping, with his help, to win in the struggle.
"Strange Stories from History for Young People" by George Cary Eggleston
I opened with the old enquiry of good Catholics to Huguenots.
"The World's Greatest Books, Volume 19" by Various
Poplin manufacture was introduced into Ireland in 1693 by a colony of fugitive French Huguenots.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
The power of Lewis, the renewed persecutions of the Huguenots, had increased the national hatred of the French.
"History of the English People, Volume VI (of 8)" by John Richard Green
Like Revere and Johonnot, he was of Huguenot ancestry.
"Tea Leaves" by Various
His mother's family, the Champernouns, were related to the French Huguenot house of Montgomerie.
"Historic Boyhoods" by Rupert Sargent Holland
It is true that many names for which Huguenot ancestry is claimed were known in England long before the Reformation.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley

In poetry:

And wisely choose, and bravely hold
Thy faith unswerved by cross or crown,
Like the stout Huguenot of old
Whose name to thee comes down.
"A Name" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I hear those odes, symphonies, operas;
I hear in the William Tell, the music of an arous'd and angry people;
I hear Meyerbeer's Huguenots, the Prophet, or Robert;
Gounod's Faust, or Mozart's Don Juan.
"Proud Music Of The Storm" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Old art deco Huguenot bridge railings headed to the scrap heap and residents protest, asking to have portions of it.
His predecessors were protestant French Huguenots, who fled Catholic persecution.
Huguenot Bridge closed this weekend.
Old art-deco Huguenot bridge railings headed to the scrap heap.
Bon Air, VA Bon Air/ Huguenot 378-0600
Six days later, during the Feast of St Bartholomew, a massacre of Huguenots began in Paris and spread across France.
The exact number of fatalities is unknown — anywhere from 10,000 to 100,000 Huguenots died.
A 131-year-old church and a cemetery dating to this city's 17th century Huguenots are the two latest properties to be recommended for landmark status by the Historical and Landmarks Review Board here.
The pair appears to be enjoying a good laugh at Huguenot Memorial Park.
Or a sword used by a French Huguenot that dates back to 1414.
Settled by Huguenots from La Rochelle , France, in 1688, New Rochelle is the second largest city in Westchester, and the seventh largest in New York State.
Jessica Alig & Tim McIntosh, May 28, 2011, French Protestant (Huguenot) Church & The Confederate Home.
Allison Clark & Matt Laughridge, October 30, 2010, The French Huguenot Church & Lowndes Grove Plantation.
Bon Air, VA Bon Air/ Huguenot 379-8727
People, not politics, decide fate of Huguenot Bridge.