any French Protestant of the 16th or 17th cent
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Word origin of 'Huguenot'MFr, orig., supporter of group in Geneva opposing annexation to Savoy: altered (after
Hugues Besançon, leader of the group) < earlier eidgnot < Ger eidgenosse, a confederate, ally: name later applied to Protestants in reference to the Calvinist
Reformation in Geneva