Definition of beguinage in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbeɪɡɪnədʒ/
Pronunciation: /beɪɡɪˈnɑːʒ/


A house for members of a lay sisterhood in the Low Countries.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

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