Definition of friar noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈfraɪə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfraɪər//
Religious people
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a member of one of several Roman Catholic religious communities of men who in the past travelled around teaching people about Christianity and lived by asking other people for food (= by begging) compare monk See related entries: Religious people Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French frere, from Latin frater ‘brother’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: friar

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