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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Dominican, Black Friar, Blackfriar, friar preachernoun

    a Roman Catholic friar wearing the black mantle of the Dominican order


  1. black friarnoun

    A member of the religious order of the Dominicans.


  1. black friar

    The Order of Preachers (Latin: Ordo Praedicatorum) abbreviated OP, also known as the Dominicans, is a Catholic mendicant order of Pontifical Right founded in France, by a Spanish priest, saint and mystic, Saint Dominic. It was approved by Pope Honorius III via the papal bull Religiosam vitam on 22 December 1216. Members of the order, who are referred to as Dominicans, generally carry the letters OP after their names, standing for Ordinis Praedicatorum, meaning of the Order of Preachers. Membership in the order includes friars, nuns, active sisters, and lay or secular Dominicans (formerly known as tertiaries). More recently there has been a growing number of associates of the religious sisters who are unrelated to the tertiaries. Founded to preach the Gospel and to oppose heresy, the teaching activity of the order and its scholastic organisation placed it in the forefront of the intellectual life of the Middle Ages. The order is famed for its intellectual tradition by having produced many leading theologians and philosophers. In 2018, there were 5,747 Dominican friars, including 4,299 priests. The order is headed by the Master of the Order which, as of 2022, is Gerard Timoner III. Mary Magdalene and Catherine of Siena are the co-patronesses of the Order.


  1. black friar

    A black friar is a member of the Dominican Order, a Catholic religious order founded by Saint Dominic in the 13th century. They are called black friars because of the black cape or "cappa" that they wear over their white habits as part of their religious dress. The term is used mostly in the United Kingdom.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Black friar

    a friar of the Dominican order; -- called also predicant and preaching friar; in France, Jacobin. Also, sometimes, a Benedictine

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of black friar in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of black friar in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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