fri·​ary | \ ˈfrī(-ə)r-ē How to pronounce friary (audio) \
plural friaries

Definition of friary

: a monastery of friars

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Examples of friary in a Sentence

the Franciscans left the chapel and went to the friary for rest
Recent Examples on the Web Then, on her final day in Victoria, Graham walked up to the friary and rang the doorbell. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Oct. 2020 Among the most significant discoveries are human remains buried in what may have been a graveyard attached to a medieval Augustinian friary. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 July 2020 Records show that an Augustinian friary stood near the Guildhall in the 15th and 16th centuries but was surrendered in 1538 amid the English Reformation. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 July 2020 Published last week in the Antiquaries Journal, the paper details the researchers’ analysis of centuries-old bone fragments unearthed at a Dominican friary in Exeter. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 May 2020 Established in 1232 and officially consecrated in 1259, the friary's burial grounds likely included wealthy, high-status laypersons, according to the authors. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 13 May 2020 All were collected during the excavation of the burial ground of a medieval Dominican friary in Exeter from 1997 to 2007, to prepare for the construction of the Princesshay shopping district. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 13 May 2020 For now, Zurek has been saying Mass in front of a congregation of zero in the much smaller friary off the main basilica. Mike De Sisti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 Apr. 2020 Slate reporter Ruth Graham recently visited the Capuchin friary in Victoria, Kan., where McCarrick is living in solitude. Marc A. Thiessen, The Denver Post, 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of friary

1538, in the meaning defined above

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“Friary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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