frater

1
[frey-ter]

Origin of frater

1
1555–65; < Latin frāter brother

frater

2
[frey-ter]
noun Ecclesiastical History Obsolete.
  1. the refectory of a religious house.
Also fratry.

Origin of frater

2
1250–1300; Middle English frater, freitour < Old French fraitur, short for refreitor < Late Latin rēfectōrium refectory
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frater

1
noun
  1. a mendicant friar or a lay brother in a monastery or priory

Word Origin for frater

C16: from Latin: brother

frater

2
noun
  1. archaic a refectory

Word Origin for frater

C13: from Old French fraiteur, aphetic variant of refreitor, from Late Latin rēfectōrium refectory
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