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

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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 — 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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