Franciscan

[ fran-sis-kuh n ]
/ frænˈsɪs kən /
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adjective

of or relating to St. Francis or the Franciscans.

noun

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

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Franciscan

/ (frænˈsɪskən) /

noun

  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

Franciscan

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

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