friar

friar

[frahy-er]
noun
1.
Roman Catholic Church. a member of a religious order, especially the mendicant orders of Franciscans, Dominicans, Carmelites, and Augustinians.
2.
Printing. a blank or light area on a printed page caused by uneven inking of the plate or type. Compare monk ( def 3 ).

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English frier, frere brother < Old French frere < Latin frāter brother

friar, frier, fryer.


1. See monk.
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friar (ˈfraɪə)
 
n
Black Friar Grey Friar White Friar See also Augustinian a member of any of various chiefly mendicant religious orders of the Roman Catholic Church, the main orders being Black Friars (Dominicans), Grey Friars (Franciscans), White Friars (Carmelites), and Austin Friars (Augustinians)
 
[C13 frere, from Old French: brother, from Latin frāterbrother]
 
'friarly
 
adj

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friar
late 13c., from O.Fr. frere "brother, friar," originally the mendicant orders (Franciscans, Augustines, Dominicans, Carmelites), who reached England early 13c., from L. frater "brother."
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friar

(from Latin frater through French frere, "brother"), one belonging to a Roman Catholic religious order of mendicants. Formerly, friar was the title given to individual members of these orders, as Friar Laurence (in Romeo and Juliet), but this is no longer common. The 10 mendicant orders are the Dominicans, Franciscans, Augustinians (Augustian Hermits), Carmelites, Trinitarians, Mercedarians, Servites, Minims, Hospitallers of St. John of God, and the Teutonic Order (the Austrian branch)

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