[ kahr-muh-lahyt ]

  1. a mendicant friar belonging to a religious order founded at Mt. Carmel, Palestine, in the 12th century; White Friar.

  2. a nun belonging to this order.

  1. of or relating to Carmelites or their order.

Origin of Carmelite

1400–50; late Middle English <Medieval Latin Carmelita, named after Carmel, first seat of the order; see -ite1

Words Nearby Carmelite Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Carmelite in a sentence

  • I challenge teams to find and photograph historic spots, such as where Escrivá’s first vision prompted him to found Opus Dei or the convent of the Descalzas Reales, where daughters of the nobility were sent to live out their lives as Carmelite nuns.

    Real Madrid | Margery Resnick | April 28, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
  • He on his part had thought Rosalia dead, and it was only by accident that he found that she still lived, a Carmelite nun.

  • We passed a very old Carmelite Church with rich carving about the entrance, and a fine old carved oak door.

  • Men obviously found it useful, and it is the basis of the modern Carmelite bibliography.

  • Vasari, of course, is the fountain-head of this misconception of the Carmelite's art.

    Filippo Lippi | Paul G. Konody
  • It was the chant of the Carmelite nuns, their only human utterance.

    The American | Henry James

British Dictionary definitions for Carmelite


/ (ˈkɑːməˌlaɪt) /

nounRC Church
  1. a member of an order of mendicant friars founded about 1154; a White Friar

  2. a member of a corresponding order of nuns founded in 1452, noted for its austere rule

  1. (modifier) of or relating to the Carmelite friars or nuns

Origin of Carmelite

C14: from French; named after Mount Carmel, where the order was founded

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