Definition of friar
: a member of a mendicant order
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Options included a public school where Mussolini had sent his children and a private school run by friars in habits who assured me that the mandatory morning Masses weren’t that religious.
Athletically, 33 Friars are expected to play collegiate athletics, with seven receiving NCAA athletic grant awards, officials said.
His work began to appear in Egyptian literary journals, like Le Rayon d’Égypte, the magazine of the French Dominican Friars in Cairo.
The swinging friar of the San Diego Padres is a knock on Catholics?
As in Latin America, the Spanish friars taught that religion was a matter of submission to doctrine and authority, rather than of independent thought or gentleness to strangers in daily life.
On the brink of closing the church, the Diocese of Brooklyn called in the friars, Nicholas Spano, a deacon, and the Rev. Raphael Zwolenkiewicz, who are reintroducing Catholicism to the neighborhood in unconventional ways.
That bad boy was founded in 1221—by friars, no less.
There the friars regaled him with tales of the saint’s life.
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Origin and Etymology 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
FRIAR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of friar for English Language Learners
: a member of a men's Roman Catholic group who is poor and studies or teaches about Christianity
FRIAR Defined for Kids
Definition of friar for Students
: a member of a Roman Catholic religious order for men
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