Definition of friar
: a member of a mendicant order
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In 1985, his fellow friars elected him to help lead their work in the eastern U.S. He was named vicar provincial of the St. Anthony of Padua province for three years.
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.
A fortress built between the 11th and 14th century helped the friars withstand pirates, Saracen attacks and occupation by Spanish raiders, until Louis XIV garrisoned the island in the 1600s.
Central won 11-6 to avenge a loss to the Friars in last year's state title game.
The Friars' return to form yielded a fourth-place finish at this year's state meet.
There will still be two lanes devoted to eastbound Friars, but the number of lanes devoted to westbound Friars will increase from one to two.
Servite, 15-12 (8) Friars, fifth in Trinity League, are 11-4 in non-Trinity games.
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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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