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[kahr-muh-lahyt] /ˈkɑr məˌlaɪt/
a mendicant friar belonging to a religious order founded at Mt. Carmel, Palestine, in the 12th century; White Friar.
a nun belonging to this order.
of or relating to Carmelites or their order.
Origin of Carmelite
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin Carmelita, named after Carmel, first seat of the order; see -ite1 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Carmelite
Historical Examples
  • The manufactories, one and all, are inaccessible as the interior of a Carmelite convent.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • You, at all events, my Olivia, can never become a Carmelite or a Magdalen.

  • One knew not whom to approach to break the news to the poor Carmelite.

    The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete Madame La Marquise De Montespan
  • The deserted and ancient Carmelite monastery is a feature of this place.

    Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou
  • You are to be carried in a coach to-night to the Convent of the Carmelite Nuns.

    Kilgorman Talbot Baines Reed
  • At that time a sisterhood of Carmelite nuns was driven from France to Antwerp.

    The Birthright Joseph Hocking
  • He died in the Carmelite convent at Ludlow, 1474, and was buried at Hereford.

    The Cornwall Coast Arthur L. Salmon
  • If he belongs to the Carmelite convent, why does he not wear their habit?

    Mauprat George Sand
  • John was sober; the other was eating like a Carmelite and drinking like a Franciscan.

    Mauprat George Sand
  • What could it be but the letter which the Carmelite had brought?

British Dictionary definitions for Carmelite


noun (RC Church)
a member of an order of mendicant friars founded about 1154; a White Friar
a member of a corresponding order of nuns founded in 1452, noted for its austere rule
(modifier) of or relating to the Carmelite friars or nuns
Word Origin
C14: from French; named after Mount Carmel, where the order was founded
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Word Origin and History for Carmelite

c.1500, from Medieval Latin Carmelites, member of an order of mendicant friars (White Friars) founded 12c. by Berthold of Calabria on Mount Carmel in what is now northwest Israel.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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