Definition of Friar

1. Noun. A male member of a religious order that originally relied solely on alms.

Exact synonyms: Mendicant
Generic synonyms: Religious
Specialized synonyms: Carmelite, White Friar, Black Friar, Blackfriar, Dominican, Friar Preacher, Franciscan, Grey Friar, Augustinian
Derivative terms: Mendicant



Definition of Friar

1. n. 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.

Definition of Friar

1. Noun. A member of certain Christian orders such as the Augustinians, Carmelites (white friars), Franciscans (grey friars) or the Dominicans (black friars). ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Friar

1. a member of a religious order [n -S] : FRIARLY [adj]

Medical Definition of Friar

1. 1. 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. A white or pale patch on a printed page. 3. An American fish; the silversides. Friar bird, a stimulating application for wounds and ulcers, being an alcoholic solution of benzoin, styrax, tolu balsam, and aloes; compound tincture of benzoin. Friar's cap, the European white or sharpnosed skate (Raia alba); called also Burton skate, border ray, scad, and doctor. Origin: OR. Frere, F. Frere brother, friar, fr. L. Frater brother. See Brother. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Friar

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1. Ivanhoe: A Romance by Walter Scott (1900)
"THE KNIGHT AND THE friar 1. Is any difference to be observed in the general tone of the friar in chapter XVI. and in chapter XVII. V 2. ..."

2. The Complete Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott by Walter Scott (1900)
"For the best of the cheer, and the seat by the fire, Is the undenied right of the Barefooted 11 I THE BAREFOOTED friar From Chapter ..."

3. A History of English Dramatic Literature to the Death of Queen Anne by Adolphus William Ward (1899)
"Tht For that branch of the drama indeed, which he held in friar inferior regard, ... The comic portion of the tragi-comedy of The Spanish friar, ..."

4. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1898)
"When the army from Lerne pillaged the convent vineyard, friar John seized the staff ... friar Rash. A house-spirit, sent front the infernal regions in the ..."

5. A Book of Operas: Their Histories, Their Plots and Their Music by Henry Edward Krehbiel (1917)
"Wagner sees nothing in him except a mendicant friar, but Faust calls attention ... This friar is the "poodle" of Goethe's poem, and Mefistofele in disguise. ..."

6. The Life of Benvenuto Cellini by Benvenuto Cellini, John Addington Symonds (1889)
"This friar kept perpetually reminding me that I was in no wise bound to ... I replied to these arguments that he might be speaking the truth as a friar, ..."

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