confraternity[kän′frə tʉr′nə tē]
- fraternal bond; brotherhood
- a group of men (or, sometimes, men and women) associated for some purpose or in a profession; esp., a religious society, usually of laymen, with a devotional or charitable purpose
Origin: Middle English confraternite ; from Midieval Latin confraternitas: see com- and amp; fraternity
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noun pl. con·fra·ter·ni·ties
Origin: Middle English confraternite, from Old French, from Medieval Latin cōnfrāternitās, from cōnfrāter, colleague; see confrere.