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noun fri·ar \ˈfrī(-ə)r\

Definition of friar

  1. :  a member of a mendicant order

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

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FRIAR Defined for English Language Learners

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noun fri·ar \ˈfrī(-ə)r\

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

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noun fri·ar \ˈfrī-ər\

Definition of friar for Students

  1. :  a member of a Roman Catholic religious order for men


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