American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A member of a usually mendicant Roman Catholic order.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the Roman Catholic Church, a member of one of the mendicant monastic orders. The four orders whose members are chiefly known as friars are the Franciscans (Friars Minor or Gray Friars), Dominicans (Friars Major, Friars Preachers, or Black Friars), Carmelites (White F'riars), and Augustinians (Austin Friars). The members of some minor orders are also so called, as the Minims and Servites.
- n. In printing, a gray or indistinct spot or patch in print, usually made by imperfect inking: distinguished from monk.
- n. An Irish name of the angler, Lophius piscatorius.
- n. A fish of the family Atherinidæ.
- n. The friar-bird or leatherhead. See friarbird.
- n. A small flake of light-colored sediment floating in wine.
- n. A member of certain Christian orders such as the Augustinians, Carmelites (white friars), Franciscans (grey friars) or the Dominicans (black friars).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (R. C. Ch.) A brother or member of any religious order, but especially of one of the four mendicant orders, viz: (a) Minors, Gray Friars, or Franciscans. (b) Augustines. (c) Dominicans or Black Friars. (d) White Friars or Carmelites. See these names in the Vocabulary.
- n. (Print.) A white or pale patch on a printed page.
- n. (Zoöl.) An American fish; the silversides.
- n. a male member of a religious order that originally relied solely on alms
- Middle English, from Old French frere, from Latin frater ("brother"), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English frere, from Old French, from Latin frāter, brother; see bhrāter- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Br. Benedict Joseph was solemnly professed as a Capuchin friar on September 1, 1955.”
“(The "bad Spanish friar" is a standard villain in our patriotic literature.)”
“Brodrick, himself a former Augustinian friar, is a master of precision plotting, morally complex characterization, and crisp historical re-creation.”
“One of them, Matthieu, an ex-capucin friar, said to the king: You are ignorant of what is going on; the country is in the greatest danger; the enemy has entered”
“The word friar is to be carefully distinguished in its application from the word monk.”
“But viewers will at first be led to believe that the friar is a tricksy, brooding character with more on his mind than simply helping the battle against the Sheriff of Nottingham.”
“I am constrained to advise that the terms friar and monk are not synonymous, and that a friar does not inhabit an abbey.”
“A friar is a member of one of the mendicant orders.”
“But if the friar was a man of parts the gift was devoted to acquiring books for his studies, or to giving him other necessary assistance; the duty, it was held, which the Superior owed him.”
“The friar is the gentleman standing on one foot at your right," Hood answered.”
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