Definition of White Friar in US English:

White Friar


  • A Carmelite monk.

    • ‘The spire of the church of the Carmelites or White Friars, dissolved in 1540, was demolished in 1597.’
    • ‘The White Friars were an important monastic order, who came to the city in the 13th century.’
    • ‘The Carmelites, or White Friars, from the white cloak which covers their brown habit, were founded as a purely contemplative order, but became mendicants in 1245.’
    • ‘Members of the sect wore white and followed a vegetarian diet, as do the Carmelite order of Christian monastics, also known as White Friars due to their white overmantle.’


Late Middle English: so named because of the color of the order's habit.


White Friar

/(h)wīt ˈfrī(ə)r/