- a mendicant friar belonging to a religious order founded at Mt. Carmel, Palestine, in the 12th century; White Friar.
- a nun belonging to this order.
- of or relating to Carmelites or their order.
Origin of Carmelite
Examples from the Web for carmelite
The manufactories, one and all, are inaccessible as the interior of a Carmelite convent.In the Heart of Vosges
You, at all events, my Olivia, can never become a Carmelite or a Magdalen.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
One knew not whom to approach to break the news to the poor Carmelite.The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete
Madame La Marquise De Montespan
The deserted and ancient Carmelite monastery is a feature of this place.Aztec Land
Maturin M. Ballou
You are to be carried in a coach to-night to the Convent of the Carmelite Nuns.Kilgorman
Talbot Baines Reed
- a member of an order of mendicant friars founded about 1154; a White Friar
- a member of a corresponding order of nuns founded in 1452, noted for its austere rule
- (modifier) of or relating to the Carmelite friars or nuns
Word Origin and History for carmelite
c.1500, from Medieval Latin Carmelites, member of an order of mendicant friars (White Friars) founded 12c. by Berthold of Calabria on Mount Carmel in what is now northwest Israel.