Definitions for: Beguine


[n] a ballroom dance that originated in the French West Indies; similar to the rumba
[n] music written in the bolero rhythm of the beguine dance
[n] (Roman Catholic) a member of a lay sisterhood (one of several founded in the Netherlands in the 12th and 13th centuries); though not taking religious vows the sisters followed an austere life



Webster (1913) Definition: Be`guine", n. [F. b['e]guine; LL. beguina, beghina;
fr. Lambert le B[`e]gue (the Stammerer) the founder of the
order. (Du Cange.)]
A woman belonging to one of the religious and charitable
associations or communities in the Netherlands, and
elsewhere, whose members live in beguinages and are not bound
by perpetual vows.

See Also: ballroom dance, ballroom dancing, ballroom music, dance music, danceroom music, sister, sisterhood

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