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Beghard

[beg-erd, buh-gahrd]
noun
  1. a member of a former lay brotherhood, founded in Flanders in the 13th century, living after the manner of the Beguines.
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Origin of Beghard

1650–60; < Medieval Latin beghardus, equivalent to beg- (see Beguine) + -hardus -ard
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Beghard

noun
  1. a member of a Christian brotherhood that was founded in Flanders in the 13th century and followed a life based on that of the BeguinesAlso called: Beguin
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Word Origin

C17: from Medieval Latin beghardus, from Beg (uine) + -ard; compare Old French bégard, Middle Dutch beggaert, Middle High German beghart
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