noun Roman Catholic Church.

a title of address for a friar or brother.

Origin of Fra

1885–90; < Italian, shortened form of frate brother, monk Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fra

Historical Examples of fra

  • You're not fra Wales or the border counties, zur, that be very clear.'

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • But Fra Filippo, the brother-in-law, took her back with him.

  • "You are moved by this knowledge, Fra Gervasio," she said and sighed.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

  • That evening at supper I chanced to mention the matter to Fra Gervasio.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

  • She looked appealingly at Fra Gervasio, who stood glum and frowning.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for fra



brother: a title given to an Italian monk or friar

Word Origin for Fra

Italian, short for frate brother (in either natural or religious sense), from Latin frāter brother
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