\ 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 And when the Gorgas and the Beningno-Josephs meet up for brunch, Melissa says that Joe is just a frat boy at heart. Brian Moylan, Vulture, "The Real Housewives of New Jersey Recap: Ass Kissers," 28 Apr. 2021 But headlines have turned attention to the frat-house political environment in Tallahassee where Gaetz cut his political teeth. Skyler Swisher,, "‘Sexism is alive and well.’ Matt Gaetz’s scandal puts a new spotlight on Florida’s male-dominated capital culture," 16 Apr. 2021 There was a mix of East Bay punks, college kids, and even some frat boys in the crowd. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, "Billie Joe Armstrong Recalls How Feminist Punks Spitboy Changed Hardcore," 6 Apr. 2021 Winding up at the same school as her daughter, Deanna plunges headlong into the campus experience -- embracing the fun, the freedom and the frat boys. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘Lust for Life’; ‘Platoon’ and more," 5 Mar. 2021 The following year, 20th Century Fox released PCU, an initial box-office flop that went on to become a great frat-house VHS cult classic for its broad, gross satire of politically correct college life. Jacob Bacharach, The New Republic, "The Gen X Culture Warriors Who Never Grew Up," 8 Mar. 2021 There’s the frat boy, Jay (Boyd Harris), and the hot sorority girl, Tara (Ashley Lobo), and at some point, Jay is told by the host (Chris Agos), out of nowhere, that his father just had a bout of bladder cancer. Ian Goldstein, Vulture, "It’s Never Too Late to Step Inside the Onion’s Sex House," 16 Mar. 2021 Multimillionaires can act like frat boys on spring break in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and even their bosses sometimes join in. Paul Sullivan,, "Column: Can spring training still be fun — and filled with high jinks — for the Chicago Cubs and White Sox with COVID-19 protocols in place?," 19 Feb. 2021 But Farenthold hung on through Obama’s entire term, siding with tea partiers on nearly every issue while turning his office into a Capitol Hill frat house. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "House tea party stars a decade on: Where are they now?," 26 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of frat

circa 1895, in the meaning defined above

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9 May 2021

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“Frat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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