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.
© Webster 1913.