Definition of friary in US English:



  • A building or community occupied by or consisting of friars.

    • ‘On one occasion I set off from the friary to climb Muckish, but, a little later, the weather changed.’
    • ‘The accompanying friary, with 1,010 square metres is being quoted at £950,000.’
    • ‘The friary absorbed a large area of the town just south of the town centre, bordered by Queen Street on the west and St. Stephen's Lane (on the west side of St. Stephen's church) on the east.’
    • ‘The annual mass will be held in the friary at 1pm.’
    • ‘The friary was a converted landlord's mansion, though ‘mansion’ is a grandiose title for a draughty, rattly building that was cold throughout the winter.’
    • ‘The friary is a building of stone turned dark by the city's grime.’
    • ‘But it was restored as a chapel in 1662 by Charles II for his wife, Queen Catherine of Braganza, who established a friary in its grounds.’
    • ‘The Irish Catholic Directory lists more than 250 properties held by religious orders in the state, excluding schools, parish houses, friaries and monasteries.’
    • ‘Jeanette Favrot Peterson did an excellent job analyzing murals done by Nahua artists for a Mexican friary.’
    • ‘Each piece of tapestry from each school carries the names of town lands, mountains, rivers, lakes, castles, churches, friaries, wells, ringforts, and passageways.’
    • ‘He will have to report to police twice a week and sleep at the friary, but will otherwise enjoy freedom of movement.’
    • ‘The friary was opened on November 13, 1952, with a small chapel in it for the use of the friars.’
    • ‘The development was originally divided into five blocks, but one of those has been removed from the plan to allow for more open space adjacent to the ruins of a friary located at the centre of the site.’
    • ‘In 1337 work was underway in the vicinity of the Dominican friary.’
    • ‘The former apse, with its rich mosaics and stained-glass windows, was left standing, partly for nostalgic reasons, partly to hide the friary, which would have looked unsightly without it.’
    • ‘We have found a marvelous painting of a medieval bishop hanging outside of a friary near Warsaw, some of its back panels being eaten by worms.’
    • ‘These streets defined thirty-nine quarters for a town - New Winchelsea - intended to include a market, three churches, a friary, stone defences, and 700 houses.’
    • ‘People were stunned when, after meeting Padre Pio, Italia dropped everything and moved near the friary to take up a life of prayer.’
    • ‘Perhaps, therefore, it is not surprising that soon after Richard was appointed, Bacon was forced to end his academic studies at the Oxford friary and was sent to a friary in Paris.’
    • ‘Moved by this experience and others, I soon found myself knocking at the door of the friary.’