- An example of fraternize is to mingle with coworkers at a party.
- An example of fraternize is to date someone on the side you are fighting against.
The definition of fraternize is to chat in a friendly, brotherly way, or to get close to an enemy.
- to associate in a brotherly manner; be on friendly terms
- to have intimate or friendly relations with any of the enemy: said of soldiers occupying enemy territory
Origin of fraternizeFrench fraterniser ; from Classical Latin fraternus: see fraternal
intransitive verbfrat·er·nized, frat·er·niz·ing, frat·er·niz·es
- To associate with others in a brotherly or congenial way.
- To associate on friendly terms with an enemy or opposing group, often in violation of discipline or orders.
Origin of fraternizeFrench fraterniser, from Medieval Latin fraternizare, from Latin fraternus, fraternal; see fraternal.
(third-person singular simple present fraternizes, present participle fraternizing, simple past and past participle fraternized)
From French fraterniser