Definition of Cordelier in English:



  • A Franciscan Observant.

    • ‘On 6 March section Marat, where the Cordeliers were located, declared itself in a state of uprising ‘until the people's murderers are exterminated’, and marched to the Hôtel de Ville to demand action.’
    • ‘A vast stretch of dark silk cloth covers almost the entire length (56 meters [184 feet]) of one of the two large halls of the Convent of the Cordeliers.’
    • ‘Even today, La Paix [Peace] illuminates the nearby old Chapel of the Cordeliers.’


Late Middle English: from Old French, from cordelle ‘small rope’, diminutive of corde (see cord). The name derives from the knotted cord worn by the Cordeliers around the waist.