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or bel·dame  (bĕl′dəm, -dăm)
An old woman, especially one who is considered ugly.

[Middle English, grandmother : bel, indicating respect (from Old French bel, fine, from Latin bellus; see deu- in Indo-European roots) + dame, lady; see dame.]


(ˈbɛldəm) or


1. archaic an old woman, esp an ugly or malicious one; hag
2. an obsolete word for grandmother
[C15: from bel- grand (as in grandmother), from Old French bel beautiful, from Latin bellus + dam mother, variant of dame]


(ˈbɛl dəm, -dæm)

also bel•dame

(-dəm, -ˌdeɪm)

an old woman, esp. an ugly one; hag.
[1400–50; late Middle English: grandmother <bel- grand- (< Middle French bel fine; see belle) + dam mother (see dam 2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.beldam - an ugly evil-looking old womanbeldam - an ugly evil-looking old woman  
old woman - a woman who is old
2.beldam - a woman of advanced agebeldam - a woman of advanced age    
old woman - a woman who is old


or beldame
An ugly, frightening old woman:
Slang: biddy.
Archaic: trot.
References in classic literature ?
But the strong-willed old beldam scowled, and beckoned, and flung the energy of her purpose so forcibly at this poor combination of rotten wood, and musty straw, and ragged garments, that it was compelled to show itself a man, in spite of the reality of things.
The wrinkled beldams involved themselves in their rusty cloaks as he passed by; even the mild-featured maidens seemed to dread contamination; and many a stern old man arose, and turned his repulsive and unheavenly countenance upon the gentle boy, as if the sanctuary were polluted by his presence.
Rear fire door at Beldam Crossley Ltd, Old Leeds Road Centre forced open and mattresses stolen.
Ryan Taylor, a 17-year-old from Northumberland, has been chosen to receive e Beldam Scholarship from the National Gamekeepers' Organisation Educational Trust to support his studies at Newton Rigg College in Cumbria.
For this reason, PEX Network - a division of global events company IQPC - has put together the Manufacturing Process Excellence Summit, a three-day event that comprises presentations from the most compelling and influential speakers in the manufacturing industry including Phillips, Beldam Crossley, Catalent, Rexam PLC and Kraft Foods Group.
326--"See beldam Baubo riding now" on a sow: Faust, 3962
But as the story unfolds, this belle dame rapidly transforms into the beldam sans merci, an old crone, a she-devil whose real interest lies in the power she can draw from possessing the souls of children such as Coraline.
Ah, I see you grow concerned just what kind of mad beldam you've found.
Industrial sealing products maker FDS Group has bought the former Beldam Burgmann branch network from the Pexion Group, creating a new firm called New-Seal Ltd.
The management of the MacLellan Rubber Division of Beldam Burgmann has reached agreement to complete a management buyout of the division, a UK market leader in the supply and distribution of rubber sheeting and matting, effective July 1 2010.
The site was formerly the offices of the Beldam Asbestos Company but it was an administration centre only and no asbestos was ever in the property.