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(a.) Belonging to the Order of St. Francis of the Franciscans.
(n.) 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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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Franciscan'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/web/f/franciscan.html. 1828.