• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Beguinage A collection of small houses surrounded by a wall and occupied by a community of Beguines.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n beguinage A community of Beguines. A beguinage usually consists of a large walled inclosure, containing a number of small detached houses, each inhabited by one or two Beguines; there are also some common houses, especially for the novices and younger members of the community. In the center is the church, where certain religious offices are performed in common. Each Beguine keeps possession of her own property, and may support herself from it, or from the work of her hands, or by serving others in their houses. They are free to leave at any time, and take only simple vows of chastity and obedience during residence. Pious women may also, under certain restrictions, rent houses and live inside the inclosure without formally joining the community. Such establishments are now chiefly met with in Belgium; the immense one near Ghent, built by the Duke of Aremberg in 1874, is the finest example, and one of the most recent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Beguinage (beg′in-āj) an establishment for Beguines
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary


In literature:

I suppose you will end by having her buried at the Beguinage?
"The Saint" by Antonio Fogazzaro
And then there is the Beguinage.
"Bruges and West Flanders" by George W. T. Omond
The carriages next proceeded to the Beguinage, a kind of convent or nunnery.
"Dikes and Ditches" by Oliver Optic
They might form a Social Beguinage, on the model of the one at Ghent.
"Happy-Thought Hall" by F. C. Burnand
There are several hundreds at Ghent, and the Beguinage (ten Wijngaarde) of Bruges is famous.
"The Works of Aphra Behn" by Aphra Behn
They were under no convent rules; they simply promised obedience to their Superior as long as they remained in the Beguinage.
"Matelda and the Cloister of Hellfde" by Matilda of Magdeburg
Near the station is a second Beguinage with 400 inmates.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 8" by Various
"The Catholic World; Volume I, Issues 1-6" by E. Rameur
The Beguinages, however, were an easy prey; there was property to be confiscated in reward of intelligent activity.
"A History of The Inquisition of The Middle Ages; volume II" by Henry Charles Lea