beads·​man ˈbēdz-mən How to pronounce beadsman (audio)
: one who prays for another

Word History


Middle English bedeman, from bede "prayer, prayer bead" + man man entry 1 — more at bead entry 1

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of beadsman was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Beadsman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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