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fraternity

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noun fra·ter·ni·ty \frə-ˈtər-nə-tē\

Simple Definition of fraternity

  • : an organization of male students at a U.S. college

  • : a group of people who have the same job, interests, etc.

  • : the feeling of friendship that exists between people in a group

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fraternity

plural

fraternities

  1. 1 :  a group of people associated or formally organized for a common purpose, interest, or pleasure: as a :  a fraternal order b :  guild 1 c :  a men's student organization formed chiefly for social purposes having secret rites and a name consisting of Greek letters d :  a student organization for scholastic, professional, or extracurricular activities <a debating fraternity>

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being brothers :  brotherliness

  3. 3 :  persons of the same class, profession, character, or tastes <the racetrack fraternity>

Examples of fraternity in a sentence

  1. an atmosphere of fraternity and cooperation

  2. <a firm believer in community service and a dedicated member of the local fraternity of Good Samaritans>



14th Century

First Known Use of fraternity

14th century


FRATERNITY Defined for Kids

fraternity

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noun fra·ter·ni·ty \frə-ˈtər-nə-tē\

Definition of fraternity for Students

plural

fraternities

  1. :  a club of boys or men (as in a college)





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