Of disputed origin, traditionally said to be from eiguenot, from Dutch eedgenot, from Alemannic German Eidgenoss, from German Eid (“oath”) + Genoss (“associate”) (from Proto-Germanic *ganautaz (“comrade”)), influenced by the name of Geneva burgomaster Besançon Hugues, or Huguenot itself being a diminutive of the name Hugues. More at huguenot.
huguenot m (plural huguenots)
- → Spanish: hugonote
- “huguenot” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
- Oxford English Dictionary, 1884–1928, and First Supplement, 1933
- Brachet, A., An Etymological Dictionary of the French Language, translated by G.W. Kitchin, Oxford, 1882.