• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Piarist (R. C. Ch) One of a religious order who are the regular clerks of the Scuole Piereligious schools), an institute of secondary education, founded at Rome in the last years of the 16th century.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n piarist In the Roman Catholic Church, a member of the Pauline Congregation of the Mother of God, a secular order founded at Rome by Joseph Calasanza about 1600 and sanctioned a few years later. In addition to the three usual monastic vows, the Piarists devoted themselves to the free instruction of youth. They are found especially in the Austrian empire.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Piarist pī′ar-ist one of a religious congregation for the education of the poor, founded in Rome in 1617 by Joseph Calasanza.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. pius, pious
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. pius, pious.


In literature:

The best singing was in the Piarist and University churches.
"Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician" by Frederick Niecks
He was educated at Urbino, by the Piarist brothers founded by St. Joseph Calasanzio in 1617.
"The War Upon Religion" by Rev. Francis A. Cunningham

In news:

The Piarist Knights boys basketball program has not played a game since the 2007-2008 basketball season, but this year the school has enough players to field a team.