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Black Friar

a Dominican friar: so called from the distinctive black mantle worn by the order.
Origin of Black Friar
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50 Unabridged
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  • The Black Friar, on the contrary, led Agnes out of herself altogether.

    For the Master's Sake Emily Sarah Holt
  • “This is scarce what we looked for, sweet-heart,” said the Black Friar.

    For the Master's Sake Emily Sarah Holt
  • He admitted that he was a priest, eighteen years in orders, and sometime a Black Friar professed.

    For the Master's Sake Emily Sarah Holt
  • The grim figure of a Black Friar was directing the harvest of a sea of golden-yellow wheat.

    The Victim

    Thomas Dixon
  • The Black Friar knelt beside the dying one, and drawing an ivory crucifix from his habit held it to Mendoza's face.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • "It's sometimes called the Black Friar's well," continued Githa, still acting as guide.

  • A smile—which was sad, not mirthful—parted the grave lips of the Black Friar.

    For the Master's Sake Emily Sarah Holt
British Dictionary definitions for Black Friar

Black Friar

a Dominican friar
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Black Friar

black friar


"Dominican," c.1500, so called from the color of their dress.

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