Fraternity definition

frə-tûrnĭ-tē
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(US) A social organization of male students at a college or university; usually identified by Greek letters.
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The quality or condition of being brothers; brotherliness.
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A group of men (or, sometimes, men and women) joined together by common interests, for fellowship, etc.; specif., a Greek-letter college organization.
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A body of people associated for a common purpose or interest, such as a guild.
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A group of people joined by similar backgrounds, occupations, interests, or tastes.

The fraternity of bird watchers.

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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.

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The quality of being brothers or brotherly; brotherhood.
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A group of people associated for a common purpose.
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A group of people with the same beliefs, interests, work, etc.

The medical fraternity.

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A social organization at a college or university, traditionally consisting of male students and designated by Greek letters.
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The state or quality of being brothers; fraternal relationship or spirit; brotherliness.
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(roman catholic church) A sodality.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
fraternity
Plural:
fraternities

Origin of fraternity

  • Middle English fraternite from Old French from Latin frāternitās from frāternus fraternal fraternal

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

  • From Old French fraternité, from Latin frāternitās, ultimately from frāter (“brother”).

    From Wiktionary