Definition of Crutched Friars in English:

Crutched Friars

proper noun

  • An order of mendicant friars established in Italy by 1169, which spread to England, France, and the Low Countries in the 13th century and was suppressed in 1656.


Crutched (earlier crouched), from Latin crux, cruc- cross, referring to the cross worn on the top of their staves, and later on the front of their habits.


Crutched Friars