Franciscan [fran-sis-kuh n] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN adjective of or relating to St. Francis or the Franciscans. noun a member of the mendicant order founded by St. Francis in the 13th century.

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  • Origin of Franciscan 1585–95; Medieval Latin Francisc(us) St. Francis of Assisi + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for franciscan Contemporary Examples of franciscan

  • He wore the hooded brown habit and sandals of a Franciscan Capuchin friar.

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  • In one town, Islamists paraded three nuns on the streets like prisoners of war after burning their Franciscan school.

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  • Preach often,” he urged his brothers in religion, according to Franciscan tradition, “and use words if necessary.

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  • Eight centuries later, a smiling Father Paul was now preaching the gospel in the Franciscan way among the homeless.

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  • The Franciscan claims he kept the seventh nail, but doesn’t show it to Baglio or anyone else in the story.

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  • Historical Examples of franciscan

  • After that, the husband called in the Franciscan; they went out, and disappeared.

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  • The great works of Giotto are in the lower church of the Franciscan monastery.

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  • He spoke to a priest who served a convent of Franciscan nuns.

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  • The Samgha resembled the Franciscan more than the other great Christian orders.

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  • You will see, in the May Fors, reflections upon the temptations to the life of a Franciscan.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for franciscan Franciscan noun

    1. a member of any of several Christian religious orders of mendicant friars or nuns tracing their origins back to Saint Francis of Assisi; a Grey Friar
    2. (as modifier)a Franciscan friar

    Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for franciscan Franciscan

    1590s, “friar of the order founded in 1209 by St. Francis (Medieval Latin Franciscus) of Assisi” (1182-1226). Also as an adjective.

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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