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Dominican

[duh-min-i-kuh n] /dəˈmɪn ɪ kən/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to St. Dominic or the Dominicans.
noun
2.
a member of one of the mendicant religious orders founded by St. Dominic; Black Friar.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; Dominic- (stem of Dominicus Latinized form of Domingo de Guzman, founder of the order) + -an

Dominican

[duh-min-i-kuh n for 1, 3; dom-uh-nee-kuh n, duh-min-i- for 2, 4] /dəˈmɪn ɪ kən for 1, 3; ˌdɒm əˈni kən, dəˈmɪn ɪ- for 2, 4/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the Dominican Republic.
2.
of or pertaining to the Commonwealth of Dominica.
noun
3.
a native or inhabitant of the Dominican Republic.
4.
a native or inhabitant of the Commonwealth of Dominica.
Origin
< Spanish dominicano; (defs 2, 4) Dominic(a) + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for Dominican

Dominican1

/dəˈmɪnɪkən/
noun
1.
  1. a member of an order of preaching friars founded by Saint Dominic in 1215; a Blackfriar
  2. a nun of one of the orders founded under the patronage of Saint Dominic
adjective
2.
of or relating to Saint Dominic or the Dominican order

Dominican2

/dəˈmɪnɪkən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the Dominican Republic or Dominica
noun
2.
a native or inhabitant of the Dominican Republic or Dominica
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Word Origin and History for Dominican

"Black friar," 1630s, from Latin form of the name of Domingo de Guzman (Santo Domingo), founder of the order of preaching friars. His name, like Italian form Dominic, is from Latin dominicus "pertaining to a lord."

"native or inhabitant of the Dominican Republic," 1853, from the Caribbean island of Dominica, home of the nation, so named 1493, from Latin (dies) dominica "Sunday," the day of the week on which the island was discovered.

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