fra·​ter·​nal | \ frə-ˈtər-nᵊl How to pronounce fraternal (audio) \

Definition of fraternal

1a : of, relating to, or involving brothers fraternal love
b : of, relating to, or being a fraternity or society a fraternal order a fraternal chapter house
2 : derived from two ova : dizygotic fraternal twins
3 : friendly, brotherly There was a fraternal feeling among the troops.

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Other Words from fraternal

fraternalism \ frə-​ˈtər-​nə-​ˌliz-​əm How to pronounce fraternalism (audio) \ noun
fraternally \ frə-​ˈtər-​nᵊl-​ē How to pronounce fraternally (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of fraternal in a Sentence

He belonged to a fraternal organization. There was a fraternal feeling among the troops.

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Noah told a fan on Twitter that Chloe and him are fraternal twins. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Who is "Stranger Things" Star Noah Schnapp's Twin Sister Chloe Schnapp?," 3 July 2019 And under the expansion, bars, restaurants, fraternal organizations and gambling parlors will be allowed to have six machines, up from five. Jason Grotto, ProPublica, "Illinois Is Poised to Become the Gambling Capital of the Midwest," 10 June 2019 Logan, who would eventually run for vice president, was at the time the leader of the Grand Army of the Republic, a fraternal organization of Union Army veterans. Brian Clark Howard And Sydney Combs, National Geographic, "Memorial Day's controversial history explained," 24 May 2019 The only noticeable difference between Ethan and Aiden Dvash-Banks, 2-year-old fraternal twins from Los Angeles, is their hair: Ethan's is black, Aiden's sandy blond. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, "Meet the toddler the Trump administration is trying to strip of U.S. citizenship," 6 June 2019 Visitors can enjoy free refreshments and learn more about this fraternal and charitable organization and its history. Community Report, Houston Chronicle, "Liberty Masons hosting open house May 12," 6 May 2018 The venture world tends to involve a lot of tribal knowledge traded among tight fraternal networks. Jo Piazza, Marie Claire, "Hatched at Twitter," 12 Feb. 2019 Jenny Boyd as Lizzie Saltzman Lizzie and her fraternal twin sister Josie have already been introduced on The Originals, but as much younger versions. Sydney Bucksbaum, Teen Vogue, "Meet the "Legacies" Cast and the Characters They Play in the Latest Supernatural Drama from "The Vampire Diaries" Universe," 24 Oct. 2018 Instead, these women say they were ritually humiliated and degraded in order to promote fraternal bonds between young men. If these women’s allegations are true, Kavanaugh of course bears full responsibility for them. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Brett Kavanaugh and the hidden cost of male bonding," 26 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of fraternal

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fraternal

Middle English, from Medieval Latin fraternalis, from Latin fraternus, from frater brother — more at brother

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English Language Learners Definition of fraternal

: of or relating to brothers
: made up of members who share an interest or purpose
: friendly or brotherly


fra·​ter·​nal | \ frə-ˈtər-nᵊl How to pronounce fraternal (audio) \

Kids Definition of fraternal

1 : having to do with brothers fraternal affection
2 : made up of members banded together like brothers a fraternal organization


fra·​ter·​nal | \ frə-ˈtərn-ᵊl How to pronounce fraternal (audio) \

Medical Definition of fraternal

: derived from two ova : dizygotic fraternal twins

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