Meaning of Crutched Friars in English:

Crutched Friars

proper noun

  • An order of mendicant friars established in Italy by 1169, which spread to England, France, and the Low Countries in the 13th century and was suppressed in 1656.

Pronunciation

Crutched Friars

/krʌtʃt/ /ˈkrʌtʃɪd/

Origin

Crutched (earlier crouched), from Latin crux, cruc- ‘cross’, referring to the cross worn on the top of their staves, and later on the front of their habits.