noun, plural bede·hous·es [beed-hou-ziz] /ˈbidˌhaʊ zɪz/.


or bede·house


noun, plural bead·hous·es [beed-hou-ziz] /ˈbidˌhaʊ zɪz/.

(formerly) an almshouse in which the residents were required to pray for the founder.

Origin of beadhouse

Middle English word dating back to 1125–75; see origin at bead, house Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019