A member of any of certain religious orders of men, especially the four mendicant orders (Augustinians, Carmelites, Dominicans, and Franciscans).
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- In the 1200's, members of new religious orders, called friars, began to work among the people.
- Michael Robson analyzes the preaching and service of Dominican and Franciscan friars.
- At the height of the indulgence sale, Martin Luther, an Augustinian friar from Germany, traveled to Rome and was shocked by what he saw.
Middle English: from Old French frere, from Latin frater 'brother'.