a rhythmic native dance of Martinique or its music
Origin of beguineAmerican French béguine ; from French béguin, infatuation, fancy (; from phrase avoir un béguin pour, to have a fancy for); earlier, a child's cap with strings, origin, originally , a nun's cap ; from Old French Béguine: see Beguine
a member of certain lay sisterhoods, not under permanent vows, begun in the Low Countries in the 12th cent.
Origin of BeguineMiddle French beguine ; from Old French ; from begard: see beg
- A ballroom dance similar to the foxtrot, based on a dance of Martinique and St. Lucia.
- The music for this dance.
Origin of beguineFrench (West Indies) béguine, from French béguin, hood, flirtation, from beguine, Beguine; see Beguine.
nounRoman Catholic Church
A member of any of several lay sisterhoods founded in the Netherlands in the 13th century.
Origin of BeguineMiddle English begine, from Old French beguine, from Middle Dutch beg-, root of beggaert, one who rattles off prayers.