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  1. a member of a Roman Catholic teaching congregation founded in Rome in 1597.
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Origin of Piarist

1835–45; < New Latin piār(um), in phrase (patrēs scholārum) piārum (fathers) of religious (schools) + -ist
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  • The best singing was in the Piarist and University churches.

    Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician

    Frederick Niecks

  • Piarist, pī′ar-ist, n. one of a religious congregation for the education of the poor, founded in Rome in 1617 by Joseph Calasanza.

  • The town hall, the Franciscan church, the Piarist monastery and college, and the theatre are also worthy of mention.