WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
bead•house  (bēdhous′),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -hous•es 
    (bēdhous′),USA pronunciation 
  1. (formerly) an almshouse in which the residents were required to pray for the founder.
Also,  bedehouse. 
  • 1125–75; Middle English; see bead, house

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