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beadsman

[beedz-muh n] /ˈbidz mən/
noun, plural beadsmen. Archaic.
1.
a person who prays for another as a duty, especially when paid.
2.
an inmate of a poorhouse; almsman.
Origin
1200-1250
1200-50; bead's man man of prayer; replacing Middle English bedeman. See bead, 's1, man1
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beadsman

/ˈbiːdzmən/
noun (pl) -men
1.
a person who prays for another's soul, esp one paid or fed for doing so
2.
a person kept in an almshouse
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Word Origin and History for beadsman
n.

"one who prays for another's benefit," early 13c.; see bead (n.) + man (n.).

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