fraternity[frə tʉr′nə tē]
- The definition of a fraternity is a brotherhood or a social group for men with shared interests and experiences.
- An example of a fraternity is the Sigma Chi chapter at a university.
- An example of a fraternity is the group of men that fought together in a war.
- the state or quality of being brothers; fraternal relationship or spirit; brotherliness
- a group of men (or, sometimes, men and women) joined together by common interests, for fellowship, etc.; specif., a Greek-letter college organization
- a group of people with the same beliefs, interests, work, etc.: the medical fraternity
Origin of fraternityMiddle English fraternite ; from Old French fraternité ; from Classical Latin fraternitas ; from fraternus: see fraternal
- A body of people associated for a common purpose or interest, such as a guild.
- A group of people joined by similar backgrounds, occupations, interests, or tastes: the fraternity of bird watchers.
- A social organization at a college or university, traditionally consisting of male students and designated by Greek letters.
- Roman Catholic Church A sodality.
- The quality or condition of being brothers; brotherliness.
Origin of fraternityMiddle English fraternite, from Old French, from Latin frāternitās, from frāternus, fraternal; see fraternal.
From Old French fraternité, from Latin frāternitās, ultimately from frāter (“brother”).