Beldam Bel"dam Beldame Bel"dame, n. [Pref. bel-, denoting relationship + dame mother: cf. F. belledame fair lady, It. belladonna. See {Belle}, and {Dame}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Grandmother; -- corresponding to belsire. [1913 Webster]

To show the beldam daughters of her daughter. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. An old woman in general; especially, an ugly old woman; a hag.

Syn: hag, beldam, witch, crone. [1913 Webster]

Around the beldam all erect they hang. --Akenside. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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