- Roman Catholic Church. a member of a religious order, especially the mendicant orders of Franciscans, Dominicans, Carmelites, and Augustinians.
- Printing. a blank or light area on a printed page caused by uneven inking of the plate or type.Compare monk(def 3).
Origin of friar
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Examples from the Web for friar
His first theater role was as Friar Laurence in a UVA production of Romeo and Juliet.Ben McKenzie’s Journey From Reluctant Teen Idol on ‘The O.C.’ to Sheriff of ‘Gotham’
November 4, 2014
He wore the hooded brown habit and sandals of a Franciscan Capuchin friar.Cardinal O'Malley: Pope Francis Knows Immigrants Are the Future of the Church
June 4, 2014
A man in a knit cap called out to the friar on duty, Father Paul Lostritto.The Pope Francis’ Homeless Fans
March 14, 2013
But that kid from Podunk, now unloading freight at the big-box store, is a universe away from Oxford and a Capuchin friar buddy.
Much later a friend who was a Capuchin friar held for Marlantes an effective healing Mass for the Dead at Old Mission Santa Inez.
Several of the by-standers declared that he was not that friar.
Robin and Marian followed: but the friar outstepped them, and pushed off his boat.
Robin waded to shore, and the friar, half swimming and half scrambling, followed.
This friendly speech of the friar ended as they stepped on the opposite bank.
The friar's spirits were not to be marred by such a little incident.
Word Origin and History for friar
late 13c., from Old French frere "brother, friar" (9c.), originally the mendicant orders (Franciscans, Augustines, Dominicans, Carmelites), who reached England early 13c., from Latin frater "brother" (see brother).