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


Camisard (plural Camisards)

  1. (historical) 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.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for Camisard in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)