beguine


1be·guine

noun, often capitalized \ˈbā-ˌgēn, ˌbā-ˈ\

Definition of BEGUINE

:  a member of one of various ascetic and philanthropic communities of women not under vows founded chiefly in the Netherlands in the 13th century

Origin of BEGUINE

Middle French
First Known Use: 15th century

2be·guine

noun \bi-ˈgēn\

Definition of BEGUINE

:  a vigorous popular dance of the islands of Saint Lucia and Martinique that somewhat resembles the rumba

Origin of BEGUINE

American French béguine, from French béguin flirtation
First Known Use: 1935

Other Dance Terms

attitude, honor, saltatory, sashay, taw

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