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

 

friar

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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 Origin Middle English: from Old French frere, from Latin frater ‘brother’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: friar

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