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friar: member of any of certain religious orders founded in the 13th cent. and afterwards, of which the chief were the Franciscans or Grey Friars, the Augustines or Austin Friars, the Dominicans or Black Friars, the Carmelites or White Friars; in Shr. IV. i. 148 “It was the of orders grey” is a fragment of a lost ballad.
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