Beghard

noun Beg·hard \ˈbe-ˌgärd, ˈbeg-ˌhärd, ˈbe-gərd\

Definition of Beghard

plural

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  1. :  a member of one of many semimonastic associations of laymen founded in the 13th century in the Low Countries in imitation of the Beguines and eventually proscribed as heretical by the medieval church and in the 14th century all but extinct

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Origin and Etymology of beghard

Medieval Latin Beghardus, Begardus, probably from Old French begard


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