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Black Friar

  1. a Dominican friar: so called from the distinctive black mantle worn by the order.
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Origin of Black Friar

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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Historical Examples of black friar

  • Tokens are extant of a music-house, with the sign of the Black-friar, dated 1671.

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British Dictionary definitions for black friar

Black Friar

  1. a Dominican friar
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Word Origin and History for black friar


"Dominican," c.1500, so called from the color of their dress.

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