what is difference between beadsman and bedesman
From earlier bedeman, from Middle English bedeman (“a petitioner”), equivalent to bead (“request, petition, prayer”) + -man.
- IPA(key): /ˈbiːdzmən/
beadsman (plural beadsmen)
- (historical) A petitioner; someone who seeks some type of favour from another, usually from a superior.
- A man employed in praying; especially one who prays for another.
- (historical, England) A poor man, supported in a beadhouse, and required to pray for the soul of its founder; an almsman.
- Whereby ye shall bind me to be […] your poor beadsman for ever unto Almighty God.
- (Scotland, historical) A public almsman; one who received alms from the king, and was expected in return to pray for the royal welfare and that of the state; a licensed beggar.
- bad names
bedesman (plural bedesmen)
- Obsolete form of beadsman.
- beadsmen, beam-ends
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