[ beedz-woo m-uh n ]
/ ˈbidzˌwʊm ən /

noun, plural beads·wom·en. Archaic.

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

Origin of beadswoman

1325–75; earlier bedes woman, replacing Middle English bedewoman; see bead, 's1, woman Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples 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