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[beedz-woo m-uh n]
noun, plural beads·wom·en. Archaic.
  1. a woman who prays for another person as a duty, especially when paid.
  2. 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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Historical Examples of beadswoman

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

    The Fair God

    Lew Wallace