confrater

noun

con·​fra·​ter
kənˈfrätə(r),
(ˈ)kän¦f-
plural confraters
-ə(r)z
or confratres
-ä‧ˌtrez,
-es
1
: a member of a confraternity
2
: an associate of a monastery or monastic group who received certain privileges (as a share in prayers) without corresponding responsibilities (as rigorous life or restrictive vows)

Word History

Etymology

Medieval Latin, from Latin com- + frater brother

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“Confrater.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/confrater. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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