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fraternal

adjective fra·ter·nal \frə-ˈtər-nəl\

: of or relating to brothers

: made up of members who share an interest or purpose

: friendly or brotherly

Full Definition of FRATERNAL

1
a :  of, relating to, or involving brothers
b :  of, relating to, or being a fraternity or society <a fraternal order>
2
:  derived from two ova :  dizygotic <fraternal twins>
3
fra·ter·nal·ism \-nə-ˌliz-əm\ noun
fra·ter·nal·ly \-nəl-ē\ adverb

Examples of FRATERNAL

  1. He belonged to a fraternal organization.
  2. There was a fraternal feeling among the troops.

Origin of FRATERNAL

Middle English, from Medieval Latin fraternalis, from Latin fraternus, from frater brother — more at brother
First Known Use: 15th century

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FRATERNAL Defined for Kids

fraternal

adjective fra·ter·nal \frə-ˈtər-nəl\

Definition of FRATERNAL for Kids

1
:  having to do with brothers <fraternal affection>
2
:  made up of members banded together like brothers <a fraternal organization>
Medical Dictionary

fraternal

adjective fra·ter·nal \frə-ˈtərn-əl\

Medical Definition of FRATERNAL

:  derived from two ova :  dizygotic <fraternal twins>

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