\ ˈfrat How to pronounce frat (audio) \

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 noun frat houses/brothers(often disparaging) a frat boy [=a member of a fraternity]

Examples of frat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Part of that experience was to focus on particular college campuses in the area and go after the best-looking frat guys., 25 Apr. 2022 Lady Gaga changes her makeup style more often than some frat guys change their underwear. Marci Robin, Allure, 20 Apr. 2022 Outbreaks linked to tailgating events and frat hazings. Nate Odenkirk, The New Yorker, 10 Jan. 2022 The local chapter of the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity, amid a school review, has chosen to break with Eastern Michigan University – and the school and the frat have come out swinging as to why. Darcie Moran, Detroit Free Press, 12 Oct. 2021 Keeler went back to the frat with them and tried to get some sleep. Maryclaire Dale, USA TODAY, 17 May 2021 An upperclassman, who did not belong to the frat, started bothering a sophomore from Connecticut. Maryclaire Dale,, 17 May 2021 In contrast, Phillips is a swaggering frat boy, his confidence growing as his fuse shrinks. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 6 May 2022 As the warriors in their armor and plumed helmets march in circles, indulge in a drunken frat-party, and frantically ride a rocking horse (actually a deer), their antics recall Monty Python skits, but these absurd creatures have weapons. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, 14 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of frat

circa 1895, in the meaning defined above

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2 Jun 2022

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