What does the word friar mean?

Usage examples for friar

  1. At that moment one of Drake's officers came pressing on board, asking for the friar. – In the Days of Drake by J. S. Fletcher
  2. At the same time the Perugians, thanks to the skill and industry of a friar of the Silvestrini, had brought to their city from the hill of Pacciano, two miles away, an abundance of water. – The Lives of the Painters, Sculptors & Architects, Volume 1 (of 8) by Giorgio Vasari
  3. So a change of character in the friar transformed the songs of praise into shouts of condemnation. – A Short History of Monks and Monasteries by Alfred Wesley Wishart