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

1650–60; < Medieval Latin beghardus, equivalent to beg- (see Beguine) + -hardus -ard Unabridged
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Beghard (ˈbɛɡəd, bɪˈɡɑːd)
Also called: Beguin a member of a Christian brotherhood that was founded in Flanders in the 13th century and followed a life based on that of the Beguines
[C17: from Medieval Latin beghardus, from Beg(uine) + -ard; compare Old French bégard, Middle Dutch beggaert, Middle High German beghart]

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