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beadswoman

[ beedz-woom-uhn ]
/ ˈbidzˌwʊm ən /
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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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How to use beadswoman in a sentence

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

    The Fair God|Lew Wallace
  • He dared not look up; he trusted in the prayers of the little beadswoman, and clomb on.

    The Fair God|Lew Wallace
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