Part of speech: noun

A mendicant monk.

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Usage examples "friar":

  1. At that moment one of Drake's officers came pressing on board, asking for the friar. - "In the Days of Drake", 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)", 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", Alfred Wesley Wishart.