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

Word History


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 4 Mar. 2024.

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