Fraternal meaning

frə-tûr'nəl
The definition of fraternal is something like brothers, or an organization for men who have similar beliefs, or twins who are born at the same time but from different eggs.

If you have someone that you treat as if he were your brother, this is an example of a relationship would be described as fraternal.

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Of or like a fraternal order or a fraternity.
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Of, relating to, or being a twin developed from two separately fertilized ova; dizygotic.
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Of or characteristic of a brother or brothers; brotherly.
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Designating twins, of either the same or different sexes, developed from separately fertilized ova and thus having hereditary characteristics not necessarily the same.
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Of, relating to, or being a twin developed from two separately fertilized ova; dizygotic.
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Of brothers (fraternal twins).
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Related through a brother (fraternal nephew).
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In need of a brother or sister or friend.
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Like brothers (fraternal cousins).
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Brotherly, befitting or of a brother or brothers.
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Friendly or brotherly (e.g. fraternal relations between socialist parties in different countries).
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Being or of a society of men linked in brotherly union (fraternal society).
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Platonic (as fraternal love - brotherly love).
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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