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friar

[frahy-er] /ˈfraɪ ər/
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 of friar
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English frier, frere brother < Old French frere < Latin frāter brother
Can be confused
friar, frier, fryer.
Synonyms
1. See monk.
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British Dictionary definitions for friar

friar

/ˈfraɪə/
noun
1.
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) See also Black Friar, Grey Friar, White Friar, Augustinian
Derived Forms
friarly, adjective
Word Origin
C13 frere, from Old French: brother, from Latin frāterbrother
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Word Origin and History for friar
n.

late 13c., from Old French frere "brother, friar" (9c.), originally the mendicant orders (Franciscans, Augustines, Dominicans, Carmelites), who reached England early 13c., from Latin frater "brother" (see brother).

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