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[frah] /frɑ/
noun, Roman Catholic Church.
a title of address for a friar or brother.
Origin of Fra
1885-90; < Italian, shortened form of frate brother, monk Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Fra
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  • Fra Silvestro, the imbecile, was the first taken to the scaffold.

    The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky
  • You're not Fra Wales or the border counties, zur, that be very clear.'

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • How soon illustration came to aid in the understanding of the text in books is very well illustrated by Fra Giocondo's work.

    The Century of Columbus James J. Walsh
  • But Fra Filippo, the brother-in-law, took her back with him.

  • "To hear of such deeds is not likely to cause concupiscent movements in normal men," said Fra Tomasso dryly.

  • "You are moved by this knowledge, Fra Gervasio," she said and sighed.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • Rienzi had to explain his conduct in respect to Fra Moreale to his own councillors.

    The Makers of Modern Rome Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
  • That evening at supper I chanced to mention the matter to Fra Gervasio.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • Fra Giovanni only looked on the ground without venturing any reply.

    The Well of Saint Clare Anatole France
  • Fra Gervasio was more than right when he said that mine was not a nature for the cloister.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for Fra


brother: a title given to an Italian monk or friar
Word Origin
Italian, short for frate brother (in either natural or religious sense), from Latin frāterbrother
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Fra in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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