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
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.
Those who earned Carson's praise represented a who's who of the comedy fraternity, including Drew Carey, one of those called over to the couch.
At Morehouse, Dr. Cook joined the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and was also an active member of the fraternity at Atlanta University.
Other nooses have been found on the Duke University campus, the Port of Oakland in California, a fraternity house at the University of Maryland, a middle school in Maryland, and at a high school in Lakewood, California.
If fraternities cannot and will not fundamentally change, then colleges should get rid of them altogether.
Penn State: Future of Greek life still up in the air The Board of Trustees at Penn State University will meet June 2 to discuss campus Greek life after death of Timothy Piazza at a campus fraternity.
On Top Christian Albums, Requiem, a new set of ancient Gregorian chants from The Fraternity/Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, starts at No. 4 (3,000 units, all from pure sales).
It was structured to protect the system, sort of like a fraternity.
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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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