franciscan


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Franciscan \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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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Franciscan \Fran*cis"can\, a. [LL. Franciscus Francis: cf. F.
   franciscain.] (R. C. Ch.)
   Belonging to the Order of St. Francis of the Franciscans.
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   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 St. Francis,
      esp. those of the Second Order of St. Francis, -- called
      also Poor Clares or Minoresses.

   Franciscan Tertiaries, the Third Order of St. Francis.
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