friar

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Middle English, from Old French frere, from Latin frater (brother), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European.

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Noun[edit]

friar (plural friars)

  1. A member of a mendicant Christian order such as the Augustinians, Carmelites (white friars), Franciscans (grey friars) or the Dominicans (black friars).
  2. (printing, dated) A white or pale patch on a printed page.
  3. An American fish, the silverside.

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Coordinate terms[edit]

  • (member of religious order): sister

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Verb[edit]

friar

  1. present tense of fria.