Definition of Carmelite in US English:



  • A friar or nun of a contemplative Catholic order founded at Mount Carmel during the Crusades.

    • ‘The Carmelites and Austin friars arrived in the 1240s.’
    • ‘Throughout their stay in Leighlin the Carmelites experienced difficult times but their blackest day was December 8, 1543, when the friary where it all began was surrendered to Bellingham forces.’
    • ‘The 15 sisters of the Carmelites of Indianapolis run a Web site,, aimed at connecting with the public.’
    • ‘The cash came from friends of the Carmelites who heard the nun's story and from her old friends in Lewis's department store who helped with the fundraising to get cash to send her.’
    • ‘Bodin studied in his hometown and while still young, took the habit of the Carmelites and lived in the monastery of Notre-Dames-des-Carmes.’
    • ‘As a young man he thought of entering the Carmelites, and remained a third-order Carmelite throughout his life.’
    • ‘Saint Therese of Lisieux was a Carmelite and Carmelites take seriously her promise, ‘I will use my heaven doing good on earth.’’
    • ‘Eventually, he joined a movement led by Teresa of Avila to return the Carmelites to a simple life of prayer and service.’
    • ‘The Carmelites are running two pilgrimages to Lourdes in the coming months.’
    • ‘As anti-Jewish violence increased in Germany, the Carmelites sent Edith to their convent in Echt, Holland, for ‘a change of air’ in December 1938.’
    • ‘The Carmelites have not welcomed a new member in a dozen years.’
    • ‘Their rooms are called cells, they eat very little, and agree to vows of poverty symbolized by the simple sandals they wear; for, technically, Carmelites are shoeless or discalced.’
    • ‘To aid her reforming efforts she enlisted a young Carmelite friar, nearly three decades her junior, named John of the Cross, to begin a reform among the male Carmelites.’
    • ‘By contrast, the orders of friars showed signs of reform and reconstruction: the last friary (the Carmelites of Edinburgh) was founded as late as 1526, a quarter-century later than anything in England.’
    • ‘In February, he was elected by the other Carmelites in Britain to be Prior Provincial.’
    • ‘From the seminary he joined a strict order of Carmelites, which he considered to be the way to attain heaven.’
    • ‘For us Carmelites in Mexico, this convent, this monastery, is like the heart of our whole institution.’
    • ‘The service, on Friday, May 16, is being held by the Carmelites, a religious order within the Roman Catholic Church.’
    • ‘Towards the end of his life, Pedro de Alcantara met with Teresa of Avila and encouraged her in the reform of the Carmelites.’
    • ‘There is an eerie symmetry between these two women: both of Jewish background, both powerful intellects, both nurtured in the mystical tradition of the Carmelites, and both writers.’


  • Relating to the Carmelites.

    • ‘St. Joseph's Pontifical Seminary was started in 1682 by Carmelite missionaries in Varappuzha.’
    • ‘A Jesuit uncle, then chaplain to the Seattle community of Carmelite nuns, made an emergency appeal for prayers.’
    • ‘John of the Cross was a 16 th-century Spanish mystic and Carmelite priest.’
    • ‘The importance of community is central to Carmelite life. All Carmelites are called to live in community and Father Joseph reflected upon the importance of this.’
    • ‘She was prioress of the first reformed Carmelite convent in France, and spread the teachings of the founder of the French School, Pierre de Berulle, through the movement.’