fra·​ter·​ni·​ty | \ frə-ˈtər-nə-tē How to pronounce fraternity (audio) \
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
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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The restaurant was a lynchpin of black New Orleans life where very special dates were brought, fraternity and sorority luncheons and dinners were held, and graduations were celebrated. Jessica B. Harris, The Atlantic, "The Woman Who Brought Culinary Capital to New Orleans," 4 June 2019 In May, the College announced sweeping sanctions not just on members of the seven remaining all-male final clubs, but also on the five fledgling female clubs and Harvard's growing set of fraternities and sororities. Nathaniel Brooks Horwitz, Town & Country, "Why I Refused to Join One of Harvard's All-Male Final Clubs," 31 Aug. 2016 Two people have been arrested following six burglaries at five Massachusetts Institute of Technology fraternities in the Kenmore and Back Bay areas over the past week, officials said Friday. J.d. Capelouto,, "2 arrested following series of burglaries at MIT fraternity houses," 13 July 2018 Yes, there was a real discussion around the impact within our legal fraternity. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "Meet Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand," 23 July 2018 This vaccine is particularly good to consider if your child goes to college and lives in tight quarters, like a dorm or a sorority or fraternity house. Woman's Day, "Everything You Need to Know About Vaccines for Teens," 25 Feb. 2018 Tim Piazza was injured in falling down a set of basement steps, after which fraternity members made inept and even counterproductive efforts to help him. Mark Scolforo, The Seattle Times, "Anti-hazing law in Penn St. student’s name goes to governor," 15 Oct. 2018 In February 1960, the fraternity members saw an opportunity to lead their own demonstration. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "An Alabama Sit-In in 1960, an Apology and the Lifetimes Between," 30 May 2018 Eight fraternity members initially were charged with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor involuntary manslaughter in his death, but a Centre County judge dismissed those charges. Susan Snyder,, "Tougher penalties for hazing likely in Pennsylvania," 18 Apr. 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.
formal : the feeling of friendship that exists between people in a group


fra·​ter·​ni·​ty | \ frə-ˈtər-nə-tē How to pronounce fraternity (audio) \
plural fraternities

Kids Definition of fraternity

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

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