used as a title equivalent to brother preceding the name of an Italian monk or friar

Examples of Fra in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The New York event was attended by filmmakers Zack and Deborah Snyder and cast including Sofia Boutella, Djimon Hounsou, Michiel Huisman, Ed Skrein, Staz Nair, Fra Fee, Elise Duffy, Stuart Martin and Ray Fisher. Kirsten Chuba, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Apr. 2024 Even Fra Melitone, the opera’s odd jolt of comic relief, is played by the zesty bass-baritone Patrick Carfizzi with more sourness than the norm. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, 27 Feb. 2024 Born around 1422, when artists like Donatello, Fra Angelico, and Masaccio were at work nearby, Vespasiano was apprenticed to a bookseller at the age of eleven. Claudia Roth Pierpont, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2024 With: Sofia Boutella, Ed Skrein, Michiel Huisman, Djimon Hounsou, Charlie Hunnam, Staz Nair, Doona Bae, Ray Fisher, Cleopatra Coleman, Jena Malone, Fra Fee, Anthony Hopkins. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 15 Dec. 2023 The cast also includes Ray Fisher, Fra Fee, Ed Skrein, Cleopatra Coleman and Anthony Hopkins, who voice stars as a robot. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Nov. 2023 Today, visitors come to Museo di San Marco for the frescoes and panels by Fra Angelico, as well as its courtyard, cloisters, palazzo, and garden. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 17 Sep. 2023 Around 1450, the Venetian government commissioned a monk named Fra Mauro to make a mappa mundi, a map of the world. Dominic Green, WSJ, 18 Aug. 2023 Gallagher brings the Medicis into it, Fra Angelico, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Petrarch, John Milton, showing the knots between power, money, and the making of art, and the thwarting of progress. Nina MacLaughlin,, 10 Aug. 2023

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Word History


Italian, short for frate, from Latin frater — more at brother

First Known Use

1722, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Fra was in 1722

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“Fra.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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