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friar

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Pronunciation: /ˈfrʌɪə
 
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Definition of friar in English:

noun

A member of any of certain religious orders of men, especially the four mendicant orders (Augustinians, Carmelites, Dominicans, and Franciscans).
Example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
monk, brother, male member of a religious order, religious, contemplative;
prior, abbot;
historical mendicant

Origin

Middle English: from Old French frere, from Latin frater 'brother'.

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