One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of, belonging, or relating to an austere order of Franciscan Observantine friars, founded in 1556 by St Peter of Alcántara, or an order of Franciscan nuns later modelled upon it.
A member of the Alcantarine order of friars, or of the Alcantarine nuns modelled on it.
Late 18th century. From Alcántara, the name of the hometown of the founder of the order, situated in western Spain + -ine, after Italian alcantarino and its etymon Spanish alcantarino, adjectives.
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