noun (plural -aries) Date: 1538 a monastery of friars

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  • Friary — Fri ar*y, a. [From {Friar}, n.] Like a friar; pertaining to friars or to a convent. [Obs.] Camden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Friary — Fri ar*y, n. [OF. frerie, frairie, fr. fr[ e]re. See {Friar}.] 1. A monastery; a convent of friars. Drugdale. [1913 Webster] 2. The institution or practices of friars. Fuller. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • friary — ► NOUN (pl. friaries) ▪ a building or community occupied by friars …   English terms dictionary

  • friary — [frī′ər ē] n. pl. friaries 1. a house of friars 2. a brotherhood of friars …   English World dictionary

  • Friary — This unusual surname, chiefly found in the Leinster county of Longford, is a variant form of the name Prior, itself having two distinct sources. Firstly, Prior may be of Gaelic Irish origin, and an Anglicization of the Old Gaelic Mac an Phriora …   Surnames reference

  • friary — UK [ˈfraɪərɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms friary : singular friary plural friaries a building where a group of friars lives …   English dictionary

  • friary — /fruy euh ree/, n., pl. friaries. 1. a monastery of friars, esp. those of a mendicant order. 2. a brotherhood of friars. [1300 50; late ME freyry, frayry, ME frari < AF, OF frairie, frarie; see FRIAR, Y3] * * * …   Universalium

  • friary — noun house or dwelling where friars or members of certain religious communities live See Also: friar …   Wiktionary

  • friary — fri|a|ry [ˈfraıəri] n plural friaries a place where friars live →↑monastery …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • friary — fri|ar|y [ fraıəri ] noun count a building where a group of friars lives …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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