fraternal

adjective

fra·​ter·​nal frə-ˈtər-nᵊl How to pronounce fraternal (audio)
1
a
: 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.
fraternalism noun
fraternally adverb

Examples of fraternal in a Sentence

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

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of fraternal was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Fraternal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fraternal. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

fraternal

adjective
fra·​ter·​nal frə-ˈtərn-ᵊl How to pronounce fraternal (audio)
1
a
: of or relating to brothers
b
: of, relating to, or being a fraternity
2
fraternally adverb

Medical Definition

fraternal

adjective
fra·​ter·​nal frə-ˈtərn-ᵊl How to pronounce fraternal (audio)
: derived from two ova : dizygotic
fraternal twins

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