béguin

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See also: beguin

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Colloquial French béguin (bonnet). The verb embéguiner (to wear a bonnet) came to mean ‘to have a crush on someone’. The word itself came from beguine (lay nuns who typically wore such bonnets).

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béguin (plural béguins)

  1. An infatuation or fancy.
    • 1919, W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, chapter 51
      Then he said: 'But what does Ata say to it?' 'It appears that she has a beguin for you,' I said. 'She's willing if you are. Shall I call her?'
    • 1972, ‘I see now. And you have a béguin for her too? It is no use, I warn you.’ (O'Brian, Post-Captain)

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French beguin.

Noun[edit]

béguin m (plural béguins, feminine béguine)

  1. (historical) Beghard, Beguin (religious laymen living in semimonastic communities in imitation of the Beguines)
    Synonyms: bégard, béguard
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béguin m (plural béguins)

  1. A type of headwear once popular with Beguines, similar to a bonnet.

Etymology 2[edit]

From embéguiner.

Noun[edit]

béguin m (plural béguins)

  1. (informal) crush, fancy (a short-lived and unrequited love or infatuation)
    J'ai le béguin pour elle.I've got a crush on her.
  2. (informal) crush (person with whom one is infatuated)
    C'est mon béguin.She's my crush.
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