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noun, plural fri·ar·ies.
  1. a monastery of friars, especially those of a mendicant order.
  2. a brotherhood of friars.
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Origin of friary

1300–50; late Middle English freyry, frayry, Middle English frari < Anglo-French, Old French frairie, frarie; see friar, -y3
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Related Words for friary

nunnery, convent, ministry, monastery, cloister, temple, priory, friary, house, abbey, lamasery, hermitage, cell, sanctuary, order, retreat, priorate

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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
  1. Christianity a convent or house of friars
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