Definition of discalced in US English:



  • Denoting or belonging to one of several strict orders of Catholic friars or nuns who go barefoot or wear only sandals.

    • ‘The ministry of the Discalced Carmelites flows from their life of prayer and is oriented toward leading others to intimacy with God.’
    • ‘This newsgroup is a place for members of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites to read and share information and ideas about the vocation to Carmel and our service in the Church.’
    • ‘Anyone who is interested in the vocation to the cloistered life as a Discalced Carmelite Nun, please contact the Reverend Mother.’
    • ‘When the moment finally comes for our brothers to definitively commit themselves to the Lord as a Discalced Carmelite it is both the culmination of years of prayer, preparation and discernment and a new and wonderful beginning of a life lived for God alone.’
    • ‘The cultural landscape predates this, the only ‘wilderness’ of its kind in Portugal, which was created by the Order of Discalced Carrnelites between 1628 and 1630.’


Mid 17th century: variant, influenced by French déchaux, of earlier discalceated, from Latin discalceatus, from dis- (expressing removal) + calceatus (from calceus ‘shoe’).