friar

noun
fri·ar | \ˈfrī(-ə)r \

Definition of friar 

: a member of a mendicant order

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The friars were inspired to change the land’s use after Pope Francis wrote a letter in 2015 calling for action to combat climate change and pollution. Yvonne Wenger, Washington Post, "Baltimore’s Franciscan Center to farm land in Howard County to help feed the city’s poor," 1 May 2018 The friars were inspired to change the land’s use after Pope Francis wrote a letter in 2015 calling for action to combat climate change and pollution. Yvonne Wenger, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore's Franciscan Center to farm land in Howard County to help feed the city's poor," 24 Apr. 2018 The friars dispatched Native American vaqueros, probably teenagers, to herd the animals 30 miles downriver to the Goat Ranch. Joe Holley, Houston Chronicle, "The remarkable Ana Maria Calvillo: She could ride, shoot, ranch and live in peace with the Indians," 29 June 2018 The land is part of an 80-acre farm the friars own. Yvonne Wenger, Washington Post, "Baltimore’s Franciscan Center to farm land in Howard County to help feed the city’s poor," 1 May 2018 The land is part of an 80-acre farm the friars own. Yvonne Wenger, Washington Post, "Baltimore’s Franciscan Center to farm land in Howard County to help feed the city’s poor," 1 May 2018 The Spanish wouldn’t attempt to approach the Calusa again until more than a century later, and the Franciscan friars who were next to show up in 1697 were quickly chased out and later found naked and nearly dead in their canoes in the Florida Keys. National Geographic, "Ancient Native American King's House Rediscovered in Florida," 13 June 2018 The land is part of an 80-acre farm the friars own. Yvonne Wenger, Washington Post, "Baltimore’s Franciscan Center to farm land in Howard County to help feed the city’s poor," 1 May 2018 The land is part of an 80-acre farm the friars own. Yvonne Wenger, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore's Franciscan Center to farm land in Howard County to help feed the city's poor," 24 Apr. 2018

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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

noun

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

noun
fri·ar | \ˈfrī-ər \

Kids Definition of friar

: a member of a Roman Catholic religious order for men

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