béguin

noun bé·guin \ bā-gaⁿ \

Definition of béguin

plural -s
: infatuation
  • the girl has a béguin for you
  • —W. S. Maugham

There's more!

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!
Already a subscriber? Log in.

Origin and Etymology of béguin

French, literally, hood of a beguine (influenced in meaning by s' embéguiner to become infatuated, from béguin hood), from Middle French, from béguine


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up béguin? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

the significant part of a grievance

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!