Cordelia's Gift A voice ever soft, gentle, and low; an excellent thing in woman. (Shakespeare: King
Lear, v. 3.)
It is her voice that he hears prevailing over the those [sic ] of the rest of the company, ... for she has not Cordelia's gift.- Miss Broughton: Dr. Cupid.
Cordeliers i.e. cord-wearers, 1215. A religious order of the Minor Brothers of St. Francis Assisi. They
wore a large grey cloth vestment, girt about the loins with a rope or cord. It was one of the mendicant
orders, not allowed to possess any property at all; even their daily food was a gift of charity. The Cordeliers
distinguished themselves in philosophy and theology. Duns Scotus was one of their most distinguished
Cordeliers (The), 1790. A French political club in the Great Revolution. It held its meetings in the Convert
des Cordeliers, which was in the Place de l'École de Médecine. The Cordeliers were the rivals of
the Jacobins, and numbered among its members Paré (the president), Danton, Marat, Camille Desmoulins,
Hébert, Chaumette, Dufournoy de Villiers, Fabre d'Eglantine (a journalist), and others. The Club of the
Cordeliers was far in advance of the Jacobins, being the first to demand the abolition of the monarchy
and the establishment of a commonwealth instead. Its leaders were put to death between March 24th
and April 5th, 1794.
Cordon (The), in fortification, is the flat stone covering of the revetment (q.v.), to protect the masonry from the rain.
Cordon (Un grand). A member of the Legion d'Honneur. The cross is attached to a grand (broad) ribbon.
Cordon Bleu (Un) (French). A knight of the ancient order of the St. Esprit (Holy Ghost); so called because
the decoration is suspended on a blue ribbon. It was at one time the highest order in the kingdom.
Cordon Noir (Un). A knight of the Order of St. Michael, distinguished by a black ribbon.
Cordon Rouge (Un) (French). A chevalier of the Order of St. Louis, the decoration being suspended on a red ribbon.
Corduroy A corded fabric, originally made of silk, and worn by the kings of France in the chase. (French,
cord du roy.)
Look well to your seat, 'tis like taking an airingCordwainer Not a twister of cord, but a worker in leather. Our word is the French cordouannier (a maker or worker of cordouan); the former a corruption of Cordovanier (a worker in Cordovan leather).
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