See also: Frere and frère

Middle EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Old French frere, from Latin frater, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰréh₂tēr. Doublet of brother.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈfreːr(ə)/, /ˈfriːr(ə)/

NounEdit

frere (plural freres or (rare) freren)

  1. any of one's male associates, friends, buddies, or companions
  2. a friar; a male member of a mendicant religious order
    • a. 1400, Geoffrey Chaucer, “The Summoner's Tale”, in The Canterbury Tales, lines 1693-1696:
      Right so as bees out swarmen from an hyve, / Out of the develes ers ther gonne dryve / Twenty thousand freres on a route / And thurghout helle swarmed al aboute...
      Just like bees swarm from a hive / Out of the devil's arse there were driven / Twenty thousand friars on a rout / And throughout hell they swarmed all about...
  3. a friary; a religious institute for friars
  4. (rare) a monk; a male member (a brother) of a monastic religious order

DescendantsEdit

  • English: friar
  • Scots: freer (archaic)

ReferencesEdit


Middle FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French frere, from earlier fredre, fradre, from Latin frāter, frātrem, from Proto-Italic *frātēr, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *bʰréh₂tēr.

NounEdit

frere m (plural freres)

  1. brother (male sibling)

Old FrenchEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From earlier fredre, fradre, from Latin frāter, frātrem, from Proto-Italic *frātēr, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *bʰréh₂tēr.

NounEdit

frere m (oblique plural freres, nominative singular frere, nominative plural frere)

  1. brother (family member)

DescendantsEdit