Entry from US English dictionary
Definition of White Friar in English:
A Carmelite monk.
- 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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