A friar or nun of the order founded by St Francis (d. 1226) in 1209; also known as Grey Friars or Friars Minor. It was the least intellectual of the monastic orders, with members taking vows of poverty and preaching in emotional ways on the sufferings of Christ.

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  • Franciscan — Fran*cis can, a. [LL. Franciscus Francis: cf. F. franciscain.] (R. C. Ch.) Belonging to the Order of St. Francis of the Franciscans. [1913 Webster] {Franciscan Brothers}, pious laymen who devote themselves to useful works, such as manual labor… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • franciscan — FRANCISCÁN, Ă, franciscani, e, s.m. şi f., adj. 1. s.m. şi f. Călugăr sau calugăriţă catolic(ă) din ordinul întemeiat de Francisc din Assisi la începutul sec. XIII. 2. adj. Care ţine de ordinul franciscanilor (1). – Din fr. franciscain. Trimis …   Dicționar Român

  • Franciscan — Fran*cis can, n. (R.C.Ch.) A monk or friar of the Order of St. Francis, a large and zealous order of mendicant monks founded in 1209 by St. Francis of Assisi. They are called also {Friars Minor}; and in England, {Gray Friars}, because they wear a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Franciscan — 1590s, friar of the order founded in 1209 by St. Francis (M.L. Franciscus) of Assisi (1182 1226). Also as an adjective …   Etymology dictionary

  • Franciscan — ► NOUN ▪ a monk or nun of a Christian religious order following the rule of the Italian monk St Francis of Assisi (c.1181 1226). ► ADJECTIVE ▪ of St Francis or the Franciscans …   English terms dictionary

  • Franciscan — [fran sis′kən] adj. [< ML Franciscus: see FRANCIS1] 1. of Saint Francis of Assisi 2. designating or of the religious order founded by him in 1209: it is now divided into three branches n. any member of this order …   English World dictionary

  • Franciscan — Ordum Fratrum Minorum Order of Friars Minor …   Wikipedia

  • Franciscan — /fran sis keuhn/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to St. Francis or the Franciscans. n. 2. a member of the mendicant order founded by St. Francis in the 13th century. [1585 95; < ML Francisc(us) St. Francis of Assisi + AN] * * * Member of a Christian… …   Universalium

  • Franciscan — noun Etymology: Medieval Latin Franciscus Francis Date: 1536 a member of the Order of Friars Minor founded by St. Francis of Assisi in 1209 and dedicated especially to preaching, missions, and charities • Franciscan adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Franciscan — adj. Franciscan is used with these nouns: ↑convent …   Collocations dictionary

  • Franciscan — Fran|cis|can 1.) the Franciscans a Christian religious group begun by St Francis of Assisi in 1209, whose members live a holy life according to strict rules 2.) a member of this group >Franciscan adj …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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