fra·ter·ni·ty | \frə-ˈtər-nə-tē \
plural fraternities

Definition of fraternity 

1 : a group of people associated or formally organized for a common purpose, interest, or pleasure: such as

a : a fraternal order

b : guild sense 1

c : a men's student organization formed chiefly for social purposes having secret rites and a name consisting of Greek letters

d : 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

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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

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Turner, who was 19 at the time, and the victim were drunk following a fraternity party. German Lopez, Vox, "Brock Turner was sentenced to 6 months in jail for sexual assault. Now voters may recall the judge.," 5 June 2018 The award is given annually to a fraternity member who embodies Nash's tenacity in the face of adversity. Priscella Vega,, "Huntington Beach's pier greeter, Ross Nash, dies at 63," 1 May 2018 However, Lawlor says the Florida Supreme Court in 2003 ruled that the shooting of a separate victim constituted a separate incident when reviewing the case of a fatal shooting at a fraternity graduation party involving multiple victims. Rafael Olmeda,, "$300,000: That's the price the school district puts on Parkland shooting," 27 Apr. 2018 Shaw had just gotten to the Antioch Waffle House with a group of friends after leaving a nearby fraternity party, according to The Tennessean. Alix Langone, Time, "Police Took Suspect's Guns, Dad Gave Them Back: The Latest on the Nashville Waffle House Mass Shooting," 22 Apr. 2018 Coffey, a junior, was found unresponsive on a couch the morning after a Pi Kappa Phi fraternity party in November. Andrew Coffey, CBS News, "Five men to serve jail time for hazing death of Florida State student," 17 Apr. 2018 Last November, he was found unresponsive on a couch after a Pi Kappa Phi fraternity party on campus. Steve Helling,, "Grieving Parents of FSU Student Who Died of Alcohol Poisoning Push for Anti-Hazing Law," 13 Mar. 2018 Beta Theta Pi was banned from Penn State University after a pledge died at a fraternity party there last year. Yelena Dzhanova, NBC News, "Central Florida fraternity suspended after mom complained that son was forced to chug vodka," 7 Feb. 2018 Members of the fraternity would not comment, the Cardinal reported. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "'Inch away from death.' TV tossed from frat house roof nearly lands on woman, videos show," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of fraternity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of fraternity

: 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


fra·ter·ni·ty | \frə-ˈtər-nə-tē \
plural fraternities

Kids Definition of fraternity

: a club of boys or men (as in a college)

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