- a person who prays for another as a duty, especially when paid.
- an inmate of a poorhouse; almsman.
Origin of beadsman
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Examples from the Web for beadsman
A beadsman was an inmate of an almshouse who was bound to pray for the founders of the house.English Narrative Poems
Henry followed the beadsman, who hurried on towards Falconcleugh.
What can be better touched than the figures of the beadsman and the old nurse Angela?Life of John Keats
Henry's silence was probably meant as a quickener of the beadsman's garrulity.
The one lair, as a beadsman of Pittenweem, you may have experienced ere now; the other you stand in small fears of.
- 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
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