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Belonging to the order of St. Francis of the franciscans. Franciscan brothers, pious laymen who devote themselves to useful works, such as manual labour 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, especially. Those of the second order of St. Francis, called also poor Clares or Minoresses. Franciscan tertiaries, the third order of St. Francis.

Origin: LL. Franciscus Francis: cf. F. Franciscain.

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.