• WordNet 3.6
    • n friar a male member of a religious order that originally relied solely on alms
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1516, Friar Tomas sailed to the Caribbean bringing banana roots with him; and planted bananas in the rich, fertile soil of the tropics, thus beginning the banana's future in American life.
    • Friar (R. C. Ch) A brother or member of any religious order, but especially of one of the four mendicant orders, viz: a) Minors, Gray Friars, or Franciscans. b) Augustines. c) Dominicans or Black Friars. d) White Friars or Carmelites. See these names in the Vocabulary.
    • Friar (Print) A white or pale patch on a printed page.
    • Friar (Zoöl) An American fish; the silversides.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The word 'cappuccino' is the result of several derivations, the original of which began in 16th century. The Capuchin order of friars, established after 1525, played an important role in bringing Catholicism back to Reformation Europe. Its Italian name came from the long, pointed cowl, or cappuccino, derived from cappuccino, "hood," that was worn as part of the order's habit. The French version of cappuccino was capuchin, from which came English Capuchin. In Italian cappuccino went on to describe espresso coffee mixed or topped with steamed milk or cream, so called because the color of the coffee resembled the color of the habit of a Capuchin friar. The first use of cappuccino in English is recorded in 1948 in a work about San Francisco. There is also the story line that says that the term comes from the fact that the coffee is dark, like the monk's robe, and the cap is likened to the color of the monk's head.
    • n friar In the Roman Catholic Church, a member of one of the mendicant monastic orders. The four orders whose members are chiefly known as friars are the Franciscans (Friars Minor or Gray Friars), Dominicans (Friars Major, Friars Preachers, or Black Friars), Carmelites (White F'riars), and Augustinians (Austin Friars). The members of some minor orders are also so called, as the Minims and Servites.
    • n friar In printing, a gray or indistinct spot or patch in print, usually made by imperfect inking: distinguished from monk.
    • n friar An Irish name of the angler, Lophius piscatorius.
    • n friar A fish of the family Atherinidæ.
    • n friar The friar-bird or leatherhead. See friarbird.
    • n friar A small flake of light-colored sediment floating in wine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Friar frī′ar a member of one of the mendicant monastic orders in the R.C. Church—the Franciscans (Friars Minor or Gray Friars), Dominicans (Friars Major, Friars Preachers, or Black Friars), Carmelites (White Friars), and Augustinians (Austin Friars)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OR. frere, F. frère, brother, friar, fr. L. frater, brother. See Brother
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. frere—L. frater, a brother.


In literature:

"Werwolves" by Elliott O'Donnell
By the side of the river a friar was walking, armed like Robin, but without a bow.
"The Book of Romance" by Various
For he remembered that in England no marriage by a friar or monk held good in those years.
"Privy Seal" by Ford Madox Ford
But a few days ago he was sent out of the gate which is called Santo Domingo, in the habit of a friar.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898" by Various
Friar and prelate grow pale with superstitious awe.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
The Friar was a merry fellow, with a sweet tongue and twinkling eyes.
"The Canterbury Puzzles" by Henry Ernest Dudeney
Every one then retained, besides the monks or friars and nuns, a whole army of officers and servants.
"The History of London" by Walter Besant
I never did know wherefore they began at all, save for listening to some French friars that came to see me.
"Robin Tremayne" by Emily Sarah Holt
No alley in a great city, no hamlet on a remote mountain, was unvisited by the begging friar.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
The friars, the followers of St. Francis and St. Dominic, had made good their footing in England.
"A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
The ancients were set a-trudging through the world in a monk's cowl and a friar's frock.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
For Fra Mariano Fetti, Friar of the Piombo, he made a very beautiful S. Bernard in terretta in his garden at Montecavallo.
"Lives of the Most Eminent Painters Sculptors and Architects" by Giorgio Vasari
The friar bent and kissed Zeno's ring.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Instead of answering, Friar Mathieu asked Friar Giuseppe for privacy.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
The friars and priests saunter along, some in long white many-overlapping capes, and some in gowns.
"An Ohio Woman in the Philippines" by Emily Bronson Conger
The friar pointed to Robin.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
Friar Tuck was an old renegade monk who travelled about with the merry men of Sherwood, to seem to lend a little piety to their doings.
"Operas Every Child Should Know" by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
A Dominican friar in Cagayan refused to absolve a Spaniard at the hour of death, in spite of all his entreaties for absolution.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898--Volume 39 of 55" by Various
The alcalde had seen the friar flee to a ravine.
"Through Our Unknown Southwest" by Agnes C. Laut
Edgar raised himself with difficulty, and saw that there was a Franciscan friar sitting in a corner, seemingly asleep.
"The Serapion Brethren." by Ernst Theordor Wilhelm Hoffmann

In poetry:

The friar stood in the inner door,
And tenderly said, "I fear
You know not the good squire's no more,
Even Gamelyn de Vere.
"Robin Hood, A Child." by James Henry Leigh Hunt
Sad was the stately day for all
But the Vere Abbey friars,
When the coffin was stript of its hiding pall,
Amidst the hushing choirs.
"Robin Hood, A Child." by James Henry Leigh Hunt
He gazed on the walls, so scathed with fire,
With many a bitter groan—
And there was aware of a Gray Friar,
Resting him on a stone.
"The Gray Brother" by Sir Walter Scott
I've oft been told by learned friars,
That wishing and the crime are one,
And Heaven punishes desires
As much as if the deed were done.
"An Argument" by Thomas Moore
"I was thinking, mother," said little Robin,
And with his own voice so true
He spoke right out, "That if I was a king,
I'd see what those friars do."
"Robin Hood, A Child." by James Henry Leigh Hunt
When leaves broke out on the wild briar,
And bells for matins rung,
Sorrow came to the old friar
– Hundreds of years ago it was! –
And May came to the young.
"The Young Friar" by Alfred Noyes

In news:

Friars shut down Chestnut Hill in Inter-Ac finale.
Former Friars athletic director Gavitt was the Big East's first commissioner and is considered the visionary for the conference 's formation.
Lauren Casselberry/The Jersey Journal St Anthony's Hallice Cooke goes for a reverse layup in the Friars' state tournament game against Dwight-Englewood in February.
Kadeem Batts had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Friars (3-2).
The fatal accident happened near the corner of Friars Rd.
Former Syracuse star John Galloway ready to defend the Friars.
Shorthanded Friars continue to hang tough.
Despite losing leading scorer Bryce Cotton, Ed Cooley's PC Friars their fourth straight victory on Saturday.
Friars' Cotton plays helping hand .
Harlan Greeneberg has an abbey of friars at his house, while his wife collects turkeys.
Tom Cruise receives Friars Icon award in NY.
Friars triumph in league opener.
Friars shut down Chestnut Hill in Inter -Ac finale.
In this June 12, 2012 file photo, actor Tom Cruise poses for photographers as he is honored by The Friars Club and Friars Foundation at The Waldorf-Astoria in New York.
He went on to become a Franciscan Friar and joined the US Army as a chaplain.

In science:

Friar, in Proceedings of Workshop on Electronuclear Physics with Internal Targets and the BLAST Detector, ed. by R.
Few-Body Physics -- Then and Now
Friar, in Proceedings of Workshop on Electronuclear Physics with Internal Targets and the BLAST Detector, ed. by R.
Few-Body Physics -- Then and Now
Friar, and J.J. de Swart, “Chiral two-pion exchange and proton-proton partial-wave analysis,” Phys.
Working Group Summary: Pion-Nucleon Coupling Constant
ARW use the values of χV worked out by Friar , and also include relativistic effects from retardation, isobar currents, and meson exchange.
Electromagnetic structure of the deuteron