Carmelite NOUN a friar or nun of an order founded at Mount Carmel in NW Israel during the Crusades (c.1154).
ADJECTIVE relating to the Carmelites.

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  • carmélite — [ karmelit ] n. f. • 1640; h. v. 1317; lat. ecclés. carmelita, de Carmel → carme ♦ Religieuse de l ordre du Mont Carmel. La règle des carmélites est sévère. « Dialogues des Carmélites », œuvre de Bernanos. ● carmélite nom féminin (de carmel)… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Carmelite — French all wool light plain weave dress cloth made of natural wool and fulled Similar to bunting. Used for clothing by the Carmelite monks Made 25 in wide …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • Carmelite — Car mel*ite, Carmelin Car mel*in a. Of or pertaining to the order of Carmelites. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Carmelite — Car mel*ite, n. 1. (Eccl. Hist.) A friar of a mendicant order (the Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel) established on Mount Carmel, in Syria, in the twelfth century; a White Friar. [1913 Webster] 2. A nun of the Order of Our lady of Mount Carmel.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Carmelite — c.1500, from L. Carmelites, member of an order of mendicant friars (White Friars) founded 12c. by Berthold of Calabria on Mount CARMEL (Cf. Carmel) in what is now northwest Israel …   Etymology dictionary

  • Carmelite — [kär′mə līt΄] n. [Fr < ML Carmelita < LL(Ec) Carmelites, inhabitant of CARMEL Mount] 1. a mendicant friar of the order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, founded in Syria about 1160 2. a nun of this order adj. of this order …   English World dictionary

  • Carmelite — /kahr meuh luyt /, n. 1. a mendicant friar belonging to a religious order founded at Mt. Carmel, Palestine, in the 12th century; White Friar. 2. a nun belonging to this order. adj. 3. of or pertaining to Carmelites or their order. [1400 50; late… …   Universalium

  • Carmelite — A member of the order founded at Mount Carmel in Palestine in the early 13c and approved by the pope in 1226. A *mendicant order which was known as the White Friars; its first members, however, were mostly *her mits. The first Carmelite house in… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Carmelite — noun Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin carmelita, from Carmel Mount Carmel, Palestine Date: 15th century a member of the Roman Catholic mendicant Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel founded in the 12th century • Carmelite adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • carmélite — (kar mé li t ) s. f. Religieuse de l ordre des carmes déchaux. Les carmélites furent introduites en France en 1604. •   Vous aimeriez bien ma sobriété et l exercice que je fais, et sept heures au lit comme une carmélite ; cette vie dure me plaît …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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