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frater

noun fra·ter \ ˈfrātə(r) \

Definition of frater

plural -s
:a refectory of a monastery

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Origin and Etymology of frater

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


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frater

noun fra·ter \ ˈfrä|tə(r) , -rā| , |tə- \

Definition of frater

plural -s
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
2 a :a fraternity brother
b :a brother Freemason in certain Masonic orders

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Origin and Etymology of frater

Medieval Latin, from Latin, brother


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