Definition of Shriner in US English:



  • A member of the Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, a charitable society founded in the US in 1872.

    ‘the festival parade might reel with pipe bands and Shriners’
    • ‘Perhaps shrinking membership in the League of Women Voters and the Shriners is offset by membership gains in the Sierra Club or the American Association of Retired Persons.’
    • ‘The Shriners are very popular in the US and one needs to have the 32nd degree to join.’
    • ‘Not all of these 604 hospitals are Catholic; many are Baptist, Methodist, Shriner, Jewish, etc.’
    • ‘There are also several Masonic affiliated organizations, including the Shriners, which extend the social and charitable work of the Freemasons.’
    • ‘He looks like a Shriner at a convention center and I almost don't want to show you because the minute I start looking I laugh hysterically.’
    • ‘Fernandina Beach's Centre Street will be the site of a parade at 11 a.m. tomorrow featuring the Shriners.’
    • ‘Hook up with the Shriners and they'll hand you a spiffy red fez and keys to an adorable little motor vehicle.’
    • ‘It's the best part of the day: a crisp pale ale, sometimes a modest Partagas lit with my Shag-designed Zippo (it has a picture of three conjoined fez-bedecked Shriners drinking and smoking) and a book or magazine.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, two lanes of left-turning vehicles execute a crisscross pattern that would make a Shriner on a tiny motorcycle proud.’
    • ‘We called the police and had to follow the Shriners / perpetrators down the street, as they were trying to escape dealing with law enforcement.’
    • ‘Give them little red fezes and it would look like a Shriners convention out there.’
    • ‘Many people seem to go to church because they can get out of the house, meet people, and engage in a different kind of ritual, like Shriners riding tiny motorcycles in parades.’
    • ‘In this drop-ceiling convention room, stacking chairs and folding banquet tables on a stage where so many Shriners have auctioned fruit cakes for burn victims.’