beadsman

[ beedz-muh n ]
/ ˈbidz mən /
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noun, plural beads·men. Archaic.

a person who prays for another as a duty, especially when paid.
an inmate of a poorhouse; almsman.

Nearby words

  1. beading of ribs,
  2. beadle,
  3. beadle, george wells,
  4. beadledom,
  5. beadroll,
  6. beadswoman,
  7. beadwork,
  8. beady,
  9. beady eye,
  10. beady-eyed

Origin of beadsman

1200–50; bead's man man of prayer; replacing Middle English bedeman. See bead, 's1, man1

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British Dictionary definitions for beadsman

beadsman

bedesman

/ (ˈbiːdzmən) /

noun plural -men

a person who prays for another's soul, esp one paid or fed for doing so
a person kept in an almshouse
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Word Origin and History for beadsman

beadsman

n.

"one who prays for another's benefit," early 13c.; see bead (n.) + man (n.).

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