[ frahy-er ]
/ ˈfraɪ ər /


Roman Catholic Church. a member of a religious order, especially the mendicant orders of Franciscans, Dominicans, Carmelites, and Augustinians.
Printing. a blank or light area on a printed page caused by uneven inking of the plate or type.Compare monk(def 3).

Origin of friar

1250–1300; Middle English frier, frere brother < Old French frere < Latin frāter brother

Can be confused

friar frier fryer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for friar


/ (ˈfraɪə) /


a member of any of various chiefly mendicant religious orders of the Roman Catholic Church, the main orders being Black Friars (Dominicans), Grey Friars (Franciscans), White Friars (Carmelites), and Austin Friars (Augustinians)See also Black Friar, Grey Friar, White Friar, Augustinian

Derived Forms

friarly, adjective

Word Origin for friar

C13 frere, from Old French: brother, from Latin frāter brother
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