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member of a Roman Catholic order
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n. Abbr. Fr.
A member of a usually mendicant Roman Catholic order.
[Middle English frere, from Old French, from Latin frāter, brother; see bhrāter- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Christian Churches, other) a member of any of various chiefly mendicant religious orders of the Roman Catholic Church, the main orders being Black Friars (Dominicans), Grey Friars (Franciscans), White Friars (Carmelites), and Austin Friars (Augustinians). See also Black Friar, Grey Friar, White Friar, Augustinian
[C13 frere, from Old French: brother, from Latin frāter brother]
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a man who is a member of one of the mendicant religious orders founded in the Middle Ages, as the Carmelites, Franciscans, or Dominicans.
[1250–1300; Middle English frier, frere brother < Old French frere < Latin frāter brother]
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|Noun||1.||friar - a male member of a religious order that originally relied solely on alms|
religious - a member of a religious order who is bound by vows of poverty and chastity and obedience
Carmelite, White Friar - a Roman Catholic friar wearing the white cloak of the Carmelite order; mendicant preachers
Black Friar, Blackfriar, Dominican, friar preacher - a Roman Catholic friar wearing the black mantle of the Dominican order
Augustinian - a Roman Catholic friar or monk belonging to one of the Augustinian monastic orders
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friar[ˈfraɪəʳ] N → fraile m; (before name) → fray m
black friar → dominico m
grey friar → franciscano m
white friar → carmelita m
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friar[ˈfraɪəʳ] n → frate m
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