noun (1)
fra·​ter | \ ˈfrātə(r) \
plural -s

Definition of frater

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a refectory of a monastery


noun (2)
fra·​ter | \ ˈfrä|tə(r), -rā|, |tə- \
plural -s

Definition of frater (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a member of certain religious orders (as the Benedictine order) who is studying for the priesthood often used as a title or form of address especially among members of the same or similar orders
2a : a fraternity brother
b : a brother Freemason in certain Masonic orders

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History and Etymology for frater

Noun (1)

Middle English fraytour, frater, from Old French fraitur, short for Old French refraitur, refaitur, from Medieval Latin refectorium

Noun (2)

Medieval Latin, from Latin, brother

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“Frater.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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