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beguine

noun, often capitalized be·guine \ 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 and Etymology of beguine

borrowed from Middle French, feminine derivative of beguin, begard, "male member of a lay order," going back to Old French, borrowed from Middle Dutch begaert, bagaert, of uncertain origin


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beguine

noun be·guine \ bi-ˈgēn \

Definition of beguine

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

Origin and Etymology of beguine

American French béguine, from French béguin flirtation

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