noun, plural fri·ar·ies.

a monastery of friars, especially those of a mendicant order.
a brotherhood of friars.

Origin of friary

1300–50; late Middle English freyry, frayry, Middle English frari < Anglo-French, Old French frairie, frarie; see friar, -y3 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for friary

Historical Examples of friary

  • Riding was not included in the range of studies at the Friary.

    First in the Field

    George Manville Fenn

  • If Nan and I were away, it would never do for you and mother to live at the Friary.

  • When we are settled at the Friary we must look round us and do the best we can.

  • “I suppose you mean the new folk at the Friary,” she continued, carelessly.

  • Who was that sandy-headed young fellow who had been twice to the Friary that day.

British Dictionary definitions for friary


noun plural -aries

Christianity a convent or house of friars
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