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French beaucéant.


beauseant (plural beauseants)

  1. The black and white standard of the Knights Templar.
    • 1871, Charles Whitlock Moore, The Freemason's monthly magazine: Volume 30, page 373:
      The air has been gay with waving plumes and resplendent beauseants; the streets of the Monumental City have echoed with the measured tramp of six thousand gallant Knights, gathered from all parts of the Union []

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for beauseant in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)