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  1. Friar Minor.
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Origin of Minorite

1555–65; (Friars) Minor, translation of Medieval Latin frātrēs minōrēs literally, lesser brothers, a name emphasizing their humility; see -ite1
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Examples from the Web for minorite

Historical Examples

  • The Minorite received the promise with a silent bend of the head.

    In The Fire Of The Forge, Complete

    Georg Ebers

  • III; of course he is not to be confounded with the Minorite doctor.

  • He was certainly a Minorite in 1422, when he matriculated at Erfurt as lector Minorum.

  • John Kynton is once only described as a Minorite in the records.

  • The colonel left the Minorite convent, that he was destined to see only once again.


    Honore de Balzac

British Dictionary definitions for minorite


  1. a member of the Franciscan Friars MinorAlso called: Minor
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Word Origin

C16: from Medieval Latin frātrēs minōrēs lesser brethren, name adopted by St Francis as a token of humility
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