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[frah] /frɑ/
noun, Roman Catholic Church.
a title of address for a friar or brother.
Origin of Fra
1885-90; < Italian, shortened form of frate brother, monk Unabridged
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  • You're not Fra Wales or the border counties, zur, that be very clear.'

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • But Fra Filippo, the brother-in-law, took her back with him.

  • "You are moved by this knowledge, Fra Gervasio," she said and sighed.

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  • That evening at supper I chanced to mention the matter to Fra Gervasio.

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  • She looked appealingly at Fra Gervasio, who stood glum and frowning.

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  • Fra Gervasio was more than right when he said that mine was not a nature for the cloister.

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  • "I will appeal to Rome," cried Fra Gervasio, now beside himself with grief.

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  • But in this death of Fra Sebastiano I was heated by no participation.

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  • "I think he has just become so," said Fra Gervasio after a pause.

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  • But as for what does Fra Domenico in that galley, it is more than I can hazard a guess on.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for Fra


brother: a title given to an Italian monk or friar
Word Origin
Italian, short for frate brother (in either natural or religious sense), from Latin frāterbrother
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