Meaning of “friar” in the English Dictionary


"friar" in English

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friarnoun [ C ]

uk /fraɪər/ us /fraɪr/

Examples from literature

  • Although these are, as a rule, spacious buildings and were formerly inhabited well-nigh exclusively by friars, they can not properly be called monasteries. 
  • Beside the decaying church stood a refectory far gone in ruin, that once had housed a dozen friars. 
  • On his saying that he wished to see the friar Roger, the priest was shown into a waiting room, where the monk soon joined them. 
  • The worthy friar took pity on him and gave him a clean white shirt of his own. 
  • Well, friar, spare your breath to cool your porridge. 

(Definition of “friar” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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friarnoun [ C ]

us /ˈfrɑɪ·ər, frɑɪər/

a member of a religious group of men who often work as teachers

(Definition of “friar” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)