noun Mer·ce·dar·i·an \ˌmərsəˈda(a)rēən\

Definition of Mercedarian



  1. :  a member of the Order of Our Lady of Mercy founded at Barcelona about 1218 by St. Peter Nolasco

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Origin and Etymology of mercedarian

Medieval Latin merced-, merces mercy (in Ordo Beatae Mariae de Mercede Order of Our Lady of Mercy) + English -arian — more at mercy

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