Cor`de*lier" (k?r`d??l?r"), n. [F., fr. OF. cordel, F. cordeau, dim. fr. corde string, rope. See Cord.]
1. Eccl. Hist.
A Franciscan; -- so called in France from the girdle of knotted cord worn by all Franciscans.
2. Fr. Hist.
A member of a French political club of the time of the first Revolution, of which Danton and Marat were members, and which met in an old Cordelier convent in Paris.
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