co·​fra·​dia | \ ˌkōfrəˈdēə, -räˈ- \
plural -s

Definition of cofradia

: a group or organization of Roman Catholic laymen in Mexico and Central America responsible for the material care of religious images, pilgrimages, and ceremonies

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History and Etymology for cofradia

Spanish cofradía, from cofrade member of a confraternity (from Old Spanish confrade, from con-—from Latin com-—+ frade brother, monk, priest, from Latin fratr-, frater) + -ia (from Latin -ia)

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“Cofradia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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