[fran-sis-kuh n]
  1. a member of the mendicant order founded by St. Francis in the 13th century.

Origin of Franciscan

1585–95; < Medieval Latin Francisc(us) St. Francis of Assisi + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for franciscan

Contemporary Examples of franciscan

Historical Examples of franciscan

  • After that, the husband called in the Franciscan; they went out, and disappeared.

    The Phantom World

    Augustin Calmet

  • The great works of Giotto are in the lower church of the Franciscan monastery.

    Italy, the Magic Land

    Lilian Whiting

  • He spoke to a priest who served a convent of Franciscan nuns.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • The Samgha resembled the Franciscan more than the other great Christian orders.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies

  • You will see, in the May Fors, reflections upon the temptations to the life of a Franciscan.

    Hortus Inclusus

    John Ruskin

British Dictionary definitions for franciscan


    1. a member of any of several Christian religious orders of mendicant friars or nuns tracing their origins back to Saint Francis of Assisi; a Grey Friar
    2. (as modifier)a Franciscan friar
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Word Origin and History for franciscan


1590s, "friar of the order founded in 1209 by St. Francis (Medieval Latin Franciscus) of Assisi" (1182-1226). Also as an adjective.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper