Piarist

noun Pi·a·rist \ˈpīərə̇st\

Definition of Piarist

plural

-s

  1. :  a member of a religious teaching institute founded at Rome early in the 17th century by St. Joseph of Calasanza

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Origin and Etymology of piarist

probably from (assumed) New Latin piarista, from piarum (in the phrase patres scholarum piarum fathers of the religious schools) + -ista -ist


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