Entry from British & World English dictionary
Definition of beguinage in English:
A house for members of a lay sisterhood in the Low Countries.
- He has looked at archival manuscripts from some 300 communities, and further research on beguinages will have to begin with his findings.
- The Dutch revolt against Spain in the sixteenth century broke the continuity of beguinages, even though some persisted through the nineteenth century.
- After rather informal beginnings in a context of religious independence and women's work, beguinages became large, well-established institutions by the fourteenth century.
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