Fraternal Definition

Of or characteristic of a brother or brothers; brotherly.
Webster's New World
Showing comradeship; brotherly.
American Heritage Medicine
Of or like a fraternal order or a fraternity.
Webster's New World
Designating twins, of either the same or different sexes, developed from separately fertilized ova and thus having hereditary characteristics not necessarily the same.
Webster's New World
Of or constituting a mendicant order such as the Dominicans or Franciscans.
American Heritage

Origin of Fraternal

  • Middle English from Old French fraternel from Medieval Latin frāternālis from Latin frāternus from frāter brother bhrāter- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French fraternel, from Medieval Latin frāternālis (“fraternal”), from Latin frāternus (“of or pertaining to a brother, fraternal”), from frāter (“brother”).

    From Wiktionary

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