Be`guine" (?), n. [F. b'eguine; LL. beguina, beghina; fr. Lambert le Begue (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.

 

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