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White Friar Syllabification: White Fri·ar
Pronunciation: /(h)wīt ˈfrī(ə)r/

Entry from US English dictionary

Definition of White Friar in English:


A Carmelite monk.
Example sentences
  • The spire of the church of the Carmelites or White Friars, dissolved in 1540, was demolished in 1597.
  • The White Friars were an important monastic order, who came to the city in the 13th century.
  • The Carmelites, or White Friars, from the white cloak which covers their brown habit, were founded as a purely contemplative order, but became mendicants in 1245.


Late Middle English: so named because of the white habits worn by the monks.

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