- a Dominican friar: so called from the distinctive black mantle worn by the order.
Origin of Black Friar
late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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Tokens are extant of a music-house, with the sign of the Black-friar, dated 1671.The History of Signboards
- 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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