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friar Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a male member of a religious order that originally relied solely on alms
    mendicant.
WordNet

Fri"ar noun
Etymology
OR. frere, F. frère brother, friar, fr. L. frater brother. See Brother.
Definitions
  1. (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.
  2. (Print.) A white or pale patch on a printed page.
  3. (Zoöl.) An American fish; the silversides.

Webster 1913