fraternity

noun fra·ter·ni·ty \ frə-ˈtər-nə-tē \

Definition of fraternity

plural fraternities
1 :a group of people associated or formally organized for a common purpose, interest, or pleasure: such as
a :a fraternal order
b :guild 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

Examples of fraternity in a Sentence

  1. an atmosphere of fraternity and cooperation

  2. a firm believer in community service and a dedicated member of the local fraternity of Good Samaritans

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First Known Use of fraternity

14th century


FRATERNITY Defined for English Language Learners

fraternity

noun

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

fraternity

noun fra·ter·ni·ty \ frə-ˈtər-nə-tē \

Definition of fraternity for Students

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


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