[beedz-muh n]

noun, plural beads·men. Archaic.

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

Origin of beadsman

1200–50; bead's man man of prayer; replacing Middle English bedeman. See bead, 's1, man1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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

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

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