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noun fri·ar \ˈfrī(-ə)r\

: a member of a men's Roman Catholic group who is poor and studies or teaches about Christianity

Full Definition of FRIAR

:  a member of a mendicant order

Origin of FRIAR

Middle English frere, fryer, from Anglo-French frere, friere, fraire literally, brother, from Latin fratr-, frater — more at brother
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary

Rhymes with FRIAR

FRIAR Defined for Kids


noun fri·ar \ˈfrī-ər\

Definition of FRIAR for Kids

:  a member of a Roman Catholic religious order for men
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