Definitions for: Dominican


[n] a Catholic friar wearing the black mantle of the Dominican order
[adj] of or relating to Saint Dominic or the Dominican order; "Dominican monks"
[adj] of or relating to or characteristic of the Dominican Republic or its people; "the Dominican population"



Webster (1913) Definition: Do*min"i*can, a. [NL. Dominicanus, fr. Dominicus,
Dominic, the founder: cf. F. Dominicain.]
Of or pertaining to St. Dominic (Dominic de Guzman), or to
the religions communities named from him.

Dominican nuns, an order of nuns founded by St. Dominic,
and chiefly employed in teaching.

Dominican tertiaries (the third order of St. Dominic). See
Tertiary.


Do*min"i*can, n. (Eccl. Hist.)
One of an order of mendicant monks founded by Dominic de
Guzman, in 1215. A province of the order was established in
England in 1221. The first foundation in the United States
was made in 1807. The Master of the Sacred Palace at Rome is
always a Dominican friar. The Dominicans are called also
preaching friars, friars preachers, black friars (from
their black cloak), brothers of St. Mary, and in France,
Jacobins.

Synonyms: Black Friar, Blackfriar

See Also: friar, Girolamo Savonarola, mendicant, Roman Catholic, Savonarola

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