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Definition of frat

US, informal
: fraternity sense 1c Today's progressive notions of responsible partying and political correctness have hit hard at all eighteen of Dartmouth's frats but especially so at Alpha Delta, which has always had the reputation of being the baddest house on campus.— Eric Konigsberg often used before another nounfrat houses/brothers(often disparaging) a frat boy [=a member of a fraternity]

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Recent Examples on the Web Pins and needles':Young men have died in fraternities every year for 2 decades, but frats are slow to change Members of the Bloomington fraternity cannot host or participate in activities until the case is resolved, the university said. Kristin Lam, USA TODAY, "Indiana University fraternity suspended amid allegations of assault, anti-Semitic and racist slurs," 16 Dec. 2019 Many supporters say frats' volunteer service, fundraising, and sense of community outweigh the bad behaviors. Chris Quintana, USA TODAY, "4 frat deaths this month. 2 this week alone. What's going on with fraternity hazing?," 12 Nov. 2019 The frats would pay me $50 a night to spin WSLN’s vinyl as the kids descended into their cups. Phillip Morris,, "A motorcycle has now become the sum of our fears: Phillip Morris," 11 Aug. 2019 When the frats disbanded, everyone was cheering and crying and hugging each other. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Swarthmore College Fraternities Disbanded After Student Organizers Held a Multi-Day Frat House Sit-In Protest," 2 May 2019 The frat has apologized and claimed that the videos were meant as satire, and five of the brothers have sued the university for $1 million each., "Syracuse Suspends 16 Students For Racist Theta Tau Fraternity Roast," 8 June 2018 Penn educator Jonathan Zimmerman, on the other hand, thinks in the #MeToo era women should boycott frats to press for change. Aubrey Nagle,, "Pa. primary voters guide, deadly protests erupt as U.S. opens embassy | Morning Newsletter," 15 May 2018 The frat's address is ironically 1863, the year Abraham Lincoln delivered the Emancipation Proclamation. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "'Atlanta' Recap Episode 9: Paper Boi is Ready for a Change," 27 Apr. 2018 After a series of wild parties, the dean exacts his revenge and, as per usual, the frat must band together or risk expulsion or, worse, being forced to go back to their real adult lives. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "12 of The Best Sororities and Fraternities in TV and Movies," 17 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of frat

circa 1895, in the meaning defined above

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“Frat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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