noun a male member of a religious order that originally relied solely on alms
OR. frere, F. frère brother, friar, fr. L. frater brother. See Brother.
(R. C. Ch.)A brother or member of any religious order, but especially of one of the four mendicant orders, viz: (a) Minors, Gray Friars, or Franciscans.(b) Augustines. (c) Dominicans or Black Friars.(d) White Friars or Carmelites. See these names in the Vocabulary.