Fraternal definition

frə-tûrnəl
Of or like a fraternal order or a fraternity.
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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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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 brothers (fraternal twins).
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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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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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Showing comradeship; brotherly.
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(biology) Of, relating to, or being a twin developed from two separately fertilized ova; dizygotic.
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Of or relating to brothers.

A close fraternal tie.

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Of or constituting a fraternity.

A fraternal association.

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(roman catholic church) Of or constituting a mendicant order such as the Dominicans or Franciscans.
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(biology) Of, relating to, or being a twin developed from two separately fertilized ova; dizygotic.
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Of or relating to brothers.

A close fraternal tie.

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Showing comradeship; brotherly.
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Related through a brother (fraternal nephew).
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Brotherly, befitting or of a brother or brothers.
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Platonic (as fraternal love - brotherly love).
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Of or characteristic of a brother or brothers; brotherly.
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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