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fraternal

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adjective fra·ter·nal \frə-ˈtər-nəl\

Simple Definition of fraternal

  • : of or relating to brothers

  • : made up of members who share an interest or purpose

  • : friendly or brotherly

Full Definition of fraternal

  1. 1 a :  of, relating to, or involving brothers b :  of, relating to, or being a fraternity or society <a fraternal order>

  2. 2 :  derived from two ova :  dizygotic <fraternal twins>

  3. 3 :  friendly, brotherly

fra·ter·nal·ism play \-nə-ˌliz-əm\ noun
fra·ter·nal·ly play \-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

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adjective fra·ter·nal \frə-ˈtərn-əl\

Medical Definition of fraternal

  1. :  derived from two ova :  dizygotic <fraternal twins>






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