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.