A popular dance of Caribbean origin, similar to the foxtrot.
- Spike wrote: ‘We present a very colourful act in rhumba costume and our numbers comprise sambas, beguines, rhumbas etc.’
- She refused to begin the beguine when they besought her to
- Like many Latin dances, the beguine emphasizes the ability to roll the hips while stepping, evoking sensuality.
1930s: from West Indian French, from French béguin 'infatuation'.
(In the Roman Catholic Church) a member of a lay sisterhood in the Low Countries, not bound by vows.
- Mechthild of Magdeburg was a member of a Beguine community.
- In a fascinating appendix he profiles some Beguine women who had associations with the Spirituals, and throughout the text he warns against a tendency to see every upholder of evangelical poverty as either a heretic or even a Spiritual.
late 15th century: Old French béguine, from the name of Lambert Bègue or le Bègue (‘the Stammerer’), a 12th-century priest who founded the order.