fraternal

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adjective fra·ter·nal \ frə-ˈtər-nᵊl \

Definition of fraternal

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

play \frə-ˈtər-nə-ˌliz-əm\ noun

fraternally

play \frə-ˈtər-nᵊl-ē\ adverb

Examples of fraternal in a Sentence

  1. He belonged to a fraternal organization.

  2. There was a fraternal feeling among the troops.

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Origin and Etymology of fraternal

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

fraternal Synonyms

Synonyms
brotherly
Related Words
familial, sisterly; chummy, friendly, neighborly

Other Genetics Terms



FRATERNAL Defined for English Language Learners

fraternal

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adjective

Definition of fraternal for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to brothers

  • : made up of members who share an interest or purpose

  • : friendly or brotherly


FRATERNAL Defined for Kids

fraternal

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adjective fra·ter·nal \ frə-ˈtər-nᵊl \

Definition of fraternal for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

fraternal

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adjective fra·ter·nal \ frə-ˈtərn-ᵊl \

medical Definition of fraternal

:derived from two ova :dizygotic
  • fraternal twins


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