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  1. a member of a fraternal order (Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine) that is an auxiliary of the Masonic order and is dedicated to good fellowship, health programs, charitable works, etc.
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Origin of Shriner

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90; shrine + -er1
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Historical Examples of shriner

  • Later it developed the janitor was a captain of police, also a Shriner.

  • Mr. Shriner, the one of whom we expected least, suddenly turned up at a table alone.

    Of All Things

    Robert C. Benchley

  • Sister Shriner is boiling over with railing toward God's pure little ones.

Word Origin and History for shriner



1882, a member of the Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (established 1872).

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