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Pronunciation:  fran'siskun

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  1. [n]  a Catholic friar wearing the gray habit of the Franciscan order
  2. [adj]  of or relating to Saint Francis of Assisi or to the order founded by him; "Franciscan monks"

FRANCISCAN is a 10 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: Gray Friar
 See Also: friar, mendicant, Roman Catholic



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Fran*cis"can\, a. [LL. Franciscus Francis: cf. F.
    franciscain.] (R. C. Ch.)
    Belonging to the Order of St. Francis of the Franciscans.
    {Franciscan Brothers}, pious laymen who devote themselves to
       useful works, such as manual labor schools, and other
       educational institutions; -- called also {Brothers of the
       Third Order of St. Francis}.
    {Franciscan Nuns}, nuns who follow the rule of t. Francis,
       esp. those of the Second Order of St. Francis, -- called
       also {Poor Clares} or {Minoresses}.
    {Franciscan Tertiaries}, the Third Order of St. Francis.
  2. \Fran*cis"can\, n. (R.C.Ch.)
    A monk or friar of the Order of St. Francis, a large and
    zealous order of mendicant monks founded in 1209 by St.
    Francis of Assisi. They are called also {Friars Minor}; and
    in England, {Gray Friars}, because they wear a gray habit.
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