fraternal

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adjective fra·ter·nal \frə-ˈtər-nəl\

Definition of fraternal

  1. 1 a :  of, relating to, or involving brothers b :  of, relating to, or being a fraternity or society <a fraternal order>

  2. 2 :  derived from two ova :  dizygotic <fraternal twins>

  3. 3 :  friendly, brotherly

fraternalism

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fraternally

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Examples of fraternal in a sentence

  1. He belonged to a fraternal organization.

  2. There was a fraternal feeling among the troops.

Origin and Etymology of fraternal

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


First Known Use: 15th century

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FRATERNAL Defined for English Language Learners

fraternal

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adjective fra·ter·nal \frə-ˈtər-nəl\

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. 1 :  having to do with brothers <fraternal affection>

  2. 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

  1. :  derived from two ova :  dizygotic <fraternal twins>



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