Definition of fraternity
1 : a group of people associated or formally organized for a common purpose, interest, or pleasure: such asa : a fraternal orderb : guild 1c : a men's student organization formed chiefly for social purposes having secret rites and a name consisting of Greek lettersd : a student organization for scholastic, professional, or extracurricular activities a debating fraternity
2 : the quality or state of being brothers : brotherliness
3 : persons of the same class, profession, character, or tastes the racetrack fraternity
Examples of fraternity in a Sentence
an atmosphere of fraternity and cooperation
a firm believer in community service and a dedicated member of the local fraternity of Good Samaritans
Recent Examples of fraternity from the Web
Suddenly, the soon-to-be Ball State senior and the 35-year-old CFO of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity were tied.
Hosted by the Fort Worth Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum, the social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. before the 6:30 p.m. program.
In response to acts of hazing, a fraternity at UNC Charlotte has been suspended for the next four years.
A six-member jury will begin deliberations Wednesday afternoon in a case of the closure of a fraternity house at Wesleyan University in 2015.
The fraternity -- along with 18 of its members -- faces criminal charges.
Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel notoriously came under fire when his fraternity e-mails from Stanford were published in 2014.
Tattoos have become increasingly mainstream over the last 20 years, moving from rock 'n' roll fringes to less edgy demographics such as suburban housewives, fraternity bros and, well, reality TV.
Penn State is making changes to its Greek system, including taking control of the previously self-governing fraternities and sororities, following the February death of a pledge.
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First Known Use of fraternity
FRATERNITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fraternity for English Language Learners
: an organization of male students at a U.S. college
: a group of people who have the same job, interests, etc.
: the feeling of friendship that exists between people in a group
FRATERNITY Defined for Kids
Definition of fraternity for Students
: a club of boys or men (as in a college)
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