beadswoman

[ beedz-woom-uhn ]
/ ˈbidzˌwʊm ən /

noun, plural beads·wom·en.Archaic.

a woman who prays for another person as a duty, especially when paid.
an almswoman.

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Origin of beadswoman

1325–75; earlier bedes woman, replacing Middle English bedewoman;see bead, 's1, woman
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Example sentences from the Web for beadswoman

  • I think the prayer never sounded as sweetly before; nor was there ever cavalier with such a beadswoman.

    The Fair God|Lew Wallace