Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A monastery of friars.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. house or dwelling where friars or members of certain religious communities live

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Like a friar; pertaining to friars or to a convent.
  • n. A monastery; a convent of friars.
  • n. The institution or practices of friars.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A convent of friars; a monastery.
  • n. The system of forming into brotherhoods of friars; the practices of friars; monkery.
  • Pertaining to friars, or to a friary: as, “a friary cowl,”

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a monastery of friars

Etymologies

From friar, brother in a religious order, from Latin frater, brother, from Proto-Indo-European (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The Great Yarmouth Mercury reports here that a former furniture store, merchant's residence, pipe maker's shop, and Carmelite friary is once again being renovated and the workers have found it haunted.

    The Haunted Friary

  • The friary was an old brick building wedged between boarded tenements.

    Underworld

  • They had separate rooms in the friary but one telephone extension that rang into both, Peace recalled.

    Twin friars die on same day at age 92

  • Overall, the friary was in good condition, for a ruin.

    Ennis, Ireland « Colleen Anderson

  • The friary has some great sculptural images, with a monk, a skeletally thin Christ, and a virgin Mary as some of the plaques and such embedded in the walls.

    Ennis, Ireland « Colleen Anderson

  • He lives a quasi-eremetical life in a remote Franciscan friary but his books enjoy immense popularity and his regular retreat sermons on Lenten and Advent Sundays in one of the centrally located churches of the Hungarian Capitol are always completely crowded.

    A Liturgical Report from Hungary

  • Judge was gregarious, mischievous, a luminous presence; he thrived on movement and kept a preposterous schedule, as if he'd found a wormhole beneath the friary on West 31st Street that allowed him to be in six places at once.

    Film

  • Blackfriars was a walled enclave, nine acres of houses and tenements carved out of what had once been a friary.

    Secrets of the Tudor Court

  • Marc was accepted as a postulant, and was going to join the Maine, NY friary in August.

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • His friend Paul Ethier was surprised when Marc told him that he was planning to join the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, who had a friary near the Girard home in Griswold, CT.

    Archive 2008-07-01

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.