- 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.
a member of any of various mendicant orders, as a Franciscan or Dominican
Origin of friarMiddle English frer, frier ; from Old French frere ; from Classical Latin frater, brother
A member of a usually mendicant Roman Catholic order.
Origin of friarMiddle English frere, from Old French, from Latin frāter, brother; see bhrāter- in Indo-European roots.
- A member of certain Christian orders such as the Augustinians, Carmelites (white friars), Franciscans (grey friars) or the Dominicans (black friars).