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Beg·uine

 (bā′gēn′, bā-gēn′)
n. Roman Catholic Church
A member of any of several lay sisterhoods founded in the Netherlands in the 13th century.

[Middle English begine, from Old French beguine, from Middle Dutch beg-, root of beggaert, one who rattles off prayers.]

be·guine

 (bĭ-gēn′)
n.
1. A ballroom dance similar to the foxtrot, based on a dance of Martinique and St. Lucia.
2. The music for this dance.

[French (West Indies) béguine, from French béguin, hood, flirtation, from beguine, Beguine; see Beguine.]

beguine

(bɪˈɡiːn)
n
1. (Dancing) a dance of South American origin in bolero rhythm
2. (Music, other) a piece of music in the rhythm of this dance
3. (Clothing & Fashion) a variant of biggin1
[C20: from Louisiana French, from French béguin flirtation]

Beguine

(ˈbɛɡiːn)
n
(Christian Churches, other) a member of a Christian sisterhood that was founded in Liège in the 12th century, and, though not taking religious vows, followed an austere life
[C15: from Old French, perhaps after Lambert le Bègue (the Stammerer), 12th-century priest of Liège, who founded the sisterhood]

be•guine

(bəˈgin)

n.
a dance in bolero rhythm that originated in Martinique.
[1930–35; < French (West Indies) béguine, feminine derivative of French béguin infatuation, literally, a kind of cap, orig. one worn by a Beguine]

Beg•uine

(ˈbɛg in, ˈbeɪ gin, bəˈgin)

n.
a member of a Roman Catholic lay sisterhood founded in Liège in the 13th century.
[1350–1400; Middle English begyne < Middle French beguine, said to be after Lambert (le) Begue (the stammerer), founder of the order; see -ine 1]

beguine

A broad term referring to the traditional music of a large part of the West Indies including Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola, and Puerto Rico. Characterized by the almost universal use of the clarinet and the trombone.
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Noun1.Beguine - (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
sisterhood - a religious society of women who live together as sisters (especially an order of nuns)
Church of Rome, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Church, Western Church, Roman Catholic - the Christian Church based in the Vatican and presided over by a pope and an episcopal hierarchy
sister - a female person who is a fellow member of a sorority or labor union or other group; "none of her sisters would betray her"
2.beguine - music written in the bolero rhythm of the beguine dance
dance music - music to dance to
3.beguine - a ballroom dance that originated in the French West Indies; similar to the rumba
ballroom dance, ballroom dancing - any of a variety of social dances performed by couples in a ballroom
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