fra·​ter·​ni·​ty frə-ˈtər-nə-tē How to pronounce fraternity (audio)
plural fraternities
: a group of people associated or formally organized for a common purpose, interest, or pleasure: such as
: a fraternal order
: a men's student organization formed chiefly for social purposes having secret rites and a name consisting of Greek letters
: a student organization for scholastic, professional, or extracurricular activities
a debating fraternity
: the quality or state of being brothers : brotherliness
: 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 on the Web The first fraternity on campus in 20 years, Alpha Phi Alpha, restarted its chapter in October. Ira Porter, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Jan. 2024 The parade features floats, bands, drill teams, colleges and universities, fraternities, sororities, churches and civic and youth groups. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Jan. 2024 Part of a six-puppy litter born in Atwood, Ontario, Canada, on April 19, Jonathan XV made his debut at the UConn Board of Trustees meeting with handlers from the co-ed service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. Melanie Savage, Hartford Courant, 10 Jan. 2024 To live like that, doing decades of committed, compassionate work, with so many people eager to testify to your vibrancy, fraternity, and loving care. Victor Blue, The New Yorker, 21 Dec. 2023 The fourth victim, Ethan Chapin, 20, was spending the night with his girlfriend, Kernodle, in her room and lived 200 yards away in the Sigma Chi fraternity house on campus. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 5 Jan. 2024 Increasingly, digital life has crowded out fraternities and sororities, activities like club sports and TV watch parties, and even dating and keg parties. Frederick M. Hess, National Review, 21 Dec. 2023 The fraternities and sororities stand on the principles of brotherhood, sisterhood, service and Black excellence. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 12 Dec. 2023 Fuller presided over a club called the Gentlemen of Dunbar, a fraternity that explored how Black males can overcome adversity. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, 21 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fraternity was in the 14th century

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“Fraternity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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fra·​ter·​ni·​ty frə-ˈtər-nət-ē How to pronounce fraternity (audio)
plural fraternities
: a social, honorary, or professional organization
especially : a social club of male college students

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