- The definition of a friar is a male member of a charitable Roman Catholic order such as the Augustinians, Carmelites, Dominicans and Franciscans.
A male Dominican priest is an example of a friar.
friar definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English frer, frier ; from Old French frere ; from Classical Latin frater, brother
- friarly adjective
friar definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun Abbr. Fr.
Origin: Middle English frere, from Old French, from Latin frāter, brother; see bhrāter- in Indo-European roots.
- friˈar·ly adjective