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Meaning of BEGUINE

Pronunciation:  'begeen, bi'geen

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a ballroom dance that originated in the French West Indies; similar to the rumba
  2. [n]  music written in the bolero rhythm of the beguine dance
  3. [n]  (Roman Catholic) a member of a lay sisterhood (one of several founded in the Netherlands in the 12th and 13th centuries); though not taking religious vows the sisters followed an austere life

BEGUINE is a 7 letter word that starts with B.


 See Also: ballroom dance, ballroom dancing, ballroom music, dance music, danceroom music, sister, sisterhood



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Be`guine"\, n. [F. b['e]guine; LL. beguina, beghina;
fr. Lambert le B[`e]gue (the Stammerer) the founder of the
order. (Du Cange.)]
A woman belonging to one of the religious and charitable
associations or communities in the Netherlands, and
elsewhere, whose members live in beguinages and are not bound
by perpetual vows.