noun Date: 13th century archaic one who prays for another

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  • Beadsman — Beads man, Bedesman Bedes man, n.; pl. { men}. A poor man, supported in a beadhouse, and required to pray for the soul of its founder; an almsman. [1913 Webster] Whereby ye shall bind me to be your poor beadsman for ever unto Almighty God. Fuller …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • beadsman — (n.) one who prays for another s benefit, early 13c.; see BEAD (Cf. bead) (n.) + MAN (Cf. man) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • beadsman — [bēdz′mən] n. pl. beadsmen [bēdz′mən] [ME bedeman < bede, prayer (see BEAD) + man,MAN] Obs. 1. a person who prays for another, esp. one paid to do so 2. a person in a poorhouse …   English World dictionary

  • Beadsman — Bedesman, or beadsman (Med. Eng. bede, prayer, fromO. Eng. biddan, to pray; literally a man of prayer ) was generallya pensioner or almsman whose duty it was to pray for his benefactor.In Scotland there were public almsmen supported bythe king… …   Wikipedia

  • beadsman — /beedz meuhn/, n., pl. beadsmen. Archaic. 1. a person who prays for another as a duty, esp. when paid. 2. an inmate of a poorhouse; almsman. [1200 50; bead s man man of prayer; r. ME bedeman. See BEAD, S1, MAN1] * * * …   Universalium

  • beadsman — monk or almoner who prays for benefactor Ecclesiastical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • beadsman — n. almsman; person who prays for another as duty …   English contemporary dictionary

  • beadsman — noun (plural beadsmen) historical a pensioner provided for by a benefactor in return for prayers …   English new terms dictionary

  • beadsman — n.; (also beadswoman) Intercessor, pleader, one s humble or obedient servant, one s to command, etc …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • beadsman — beads·man …   English syllables

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