Definition of White Friar in English:

Share this entry

White Friar

Pronunciation: /(h)wīt ˈfrī(ə)r/

Entry from US English dictionary


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.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: White Fri·ar

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.