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Beghard

[beg-erd, buh-gahrd] /ˈbɛg ərd, bəˈgɑrd/
noun
1.
a member of a former lay brotherhood, founded in Flanders in the 13th century, living after the manner of the Beguines.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Medieval Latin beghardus, equivalent to beg- (see Beguine) + -hardus -ard
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Beghard

/ˈbɛɡəd; bɪˈɡɑːd/
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 Beguines Also called Beguin
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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