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beguinage

Line breaks: be¦guin|age
Pronunciation: /ˈbeɪɡɪnədʒ
 
, beɪɡɪˈnɑːʒ
 
/

Definition of beguinage in English:

noun

A house for members of a lay sisterhood in the Low Countries.
Example sentences
  • The Beguines were free to leave the beguinage and resume their old lives when their husbands returned from war.
  • Ales Malachine, who worked at the beguinage, was a wool comber.
  • There were also a few men resident in the beguinage of St Elizabeth of Lille in the later Middle Ages.

Origin

late 17th century: from French béguine (see beguine2) + -age.

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