Definitions for beguineˈbɛg in, ˈbeɪ gin, bəˈgin

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a dance in bolero rhythm that originated in Martinique.

    Category: Music and Dance

Origin of beguine:

1930–35; < F (West Indies) béguine, fem. der. of F béguin infatuation, lit., a kind of cap, orig. one worn by a Beguine

Beg•uineˈbɛg in, ˈbeɪ gin, bəˈgin(n.)

  1. a member of a Roman Catholic lay sisterhood founded in Liège in the 13th century.

    Category: Religion

Origin of Beguine:

1350–1400; ME begyne < MF beguine, said to be after Lambert (le) Begue (the stammerer), founder of the order; see -ine1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Beguine(noun)

    (Roman Catholic Church) a member of a lay sisterhood (one of several founded in the Netherlands in the 12th and 13th centuries); though not taking religious vows the sisters followed an austere life

  2. beguine(noun)

    music written in the bolero rhythm of the beguine dance

  3. beguine(noun)

    a ballroom dance that originated in the French West Indies; similar to the rumba


  1. beguine(Noun)

    A ballroom dance, similar to a slow rumba, that originated in the French West Indies.

  2. beguine(Noun)

    The music for this dance.

  3. Origin: From American béguine, from béguin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Beguine(noun)

    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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