Definition of Black Friar in English:

Black Friar


  • A Dominican friar.

    • ‘It is generally thought that a group of monks or priests known as the Black Friars had charge of the ancient church in the centre of this cemetery in former times.’
    • ‘The Black Friars were said to have arrived in Yarmouth in 1267.’
    • ‘Known as the Order of Preachers the Dominicans wore a black mantel over a white habit which earned them the name of the Black Friars.’


Early 16th century: so named because of the colour of the order's habit.