Definition of Black Friar in English:

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Black Friar

Pronunciation: /ˈˌblak ˈˌfrī(ə)r/


A Dominican friar.
Example sentences
  • It is generally thought that a group of monks or priests known as the Black Friars had charge of the ancient church in the centre of this cemetery in former times.
  • Known as the Order of Preachers the Dominicans wore a black mantel over a white habit which earned them the name of the Black Friars.
  • The Black Friars were said to have arrived in Yarmouth in 1267.


Early 16th century: so named because of the color of the order's habit.

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