- of or relating to St. Francis or the Franciscans.
- a member of the mendicant order founded by St. Francis in the 13th century.
Origin of Franciscan
1585–95; < Medieval Latin Francisc(us) St. Francis of Assisi + -an
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Examples from the Web for franciscans
He was one of the Franciscans who had accompanied Gomez Arias to the scaffold.Gomez Arias
Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
Certainly it is not for the Franciscans that one remembers Francis of Assisi.Rosinante to the Road Again
John Dos Passos
The next day the Franciscans performed a service of the same kind for him.Fox's Book of Martyrs
The order of Franciscans then spread rapidly through all countries.Mysticism and its Results
He is much with the Franciscans, who have a convent at Rostino.
- a member of any of several Christian religious orders of mendicant friars or nuns tracing their origins back to Saint Francis of Assisi; a Grey Friar
- (as modifier)a Franciscan friar
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Word Origin and History for franciscans
1590s, "friar of the order founded in 1209 by St. Francis (Medieval Latin Franciscus) of Assisi" (1182-1226). Also as an adjective.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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