friar

noun
fri·​ar | \ ˈfrī(-ə)r How to pronounce friar (audio) \

Definition of friar

: a member of a mendicant order

Examples of friar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The friar, who has taken a vow of poverty and lives as a modern-day hermit, seems tickled by his occasional brushes with fame. Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker, "Richard Rohr Reorders the Universe," 2 Feb. 2020 In return, the friars lobbied the Venezuelan government to declare the Perijá Mountains an Indigenous reservation, protecting the Bari’s remaining lands and helping ensure their survival. Anatoly Kurmanaev, New York Times, "Do-gooder or ‘Devil’? A Friar’s Work Divides a Venezuelan Village," 3 Jan. 2020 The violence provoked by his father’s drinking drove Father Sandoval toward the Catholic youth club organized by local friars. Anatoly Kurmanaev, New York Times, "Do-gooder or ‘Devil’? A Friar’s Work Divides a Venezuelan Village," 3 Jan. 2020 After departing Venice in 1346, the Franciscan friar ventured to Jerusalem, Damascus, Cairo and Alexandria, writes researcher Kathryn Blair Moore in the journal . Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "14th-Century Illustration of Venice Is the Oldest Found Yet," 10 Jan. 2020 The oldest map of the city was drawn by Fra Paolino, a Franciscan friar from Venice, dating around 1330. Fox News, "14th-century 'Italian pilgrim' created first sketch of Venice, researcher says," 9 Jan. 2020 The friars intended to turn it into a Roman Catholic shrine to the Mother of Jesus. oregonlive, "Festival of Lights at The Grotto features 2.2 million Christmas lights and hundreds of singers," 10 Dec. 2019 On the third weekend of every month, the friar, Pereira and dozens of missionaries leave Belém and fan out into small villages that are located deeper in the jungle. Washington Post, "Married priests, saviors of the faith or part of an agenda?," 4 Oct. 2019 Today, the grounds is comprised of 62 acres in Northeast Portland, including gardens, a chapel and a monastery that’s home to a handful of friars and nuns. oregonlive, "Festival of Lights at The Grotto features 2.2 million Christmas lights and hundreds of singers," 10 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of friar

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for friar

Middle English frere, fryer, from Anglo-French frere, friere, fraire literally, brother, from Latin fratr-, frater — more at brother

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“Friar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/friar. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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friar

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English Language Learners Definition of friar

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

friar

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fri·​ar | \ ˈfrī-ər How to pronounce friar (audio) \

Kids Definition of friar

: a member of a Roman Catholic religious order for men

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