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[mahy-nuh-rahyt] /ˈmaɪ nəˌraɪt/
Origin of Minorite
1555-65; (Friars) Minor, translation of Medieval Latin frātrēs minōrēs literally, lesser brothers, a name emphasizing their humility; see -ite1 Unabridged
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  • The Minorite received the promise with a silent bend of the head.

  • III; of course he is not to be confounded with the Minorite doctor.

    The Grey Friars in Oxford Andrew G. Little
  • He was certainly a Minorite in 1422, when he matriculated at Erfurt as lector Minorum.

    The Grey Friars in Oxford Andrew G. Little
  • John Kynton is once only described as a Minorite in the records.

    The Grey Friars in Oxford Andrew G. Little
  • The colonel left the Minorite convent, that he was destined to see only once again.

    Farewell Honore de Balzac
  • Thus arose the early beginnings of the Minorite or Franciscan rule.

  • An old Franciscan, a Minorite, was by the bedside, speaking in low tones.

    Don Orsino F. Marion Crawford
  • Milič was immediately arrested in consequence of this act, and imprisoned in a monastery of the Minorite Friars.

  • That he was a Minorite “de provincia Francia” is no proof that he was a Frenchman.

    The Old English Herbals Eleanour Sinclair Rohde
  • The animal had been startled by an old Minorite monk who sat under a crab apple tree.

British Dictionary definitions for Minorite


a member of the Franciscan Friars Minor Also called Minor
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin frātrēs minōrēs lesser brethren, name adopted by St Francis as a token of humility
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