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

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 He previously was sanctioned for five violations during the fraternity incident. Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2022 The victim, 19, was a member of Baldwin Wallace’s Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 12 May 2022 On warm days, the beaches are packed with what looks like a sorority/fraternity party. Globe Staff,, 6 May 2022 For the opening of Act 3, when Charles is hazed as a fraternity pledge at Grambling State University, Brown used an intense step routine as a storytelling mechanism to show what the character is experiencing. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 5 May 2022 True fraternity stems from a shared commitment to a common cause in an activist movement. Dan Pontefract, Forbes, 1 May 2022 Campbell’s journey has taken him further, possibly a few days away from joining an elite fraternity: the National Football League. Mike Preston, Baltimore Sun, 21 Apr. 2022 The modern, three-story building is surrounded by fraternity houses and other homes converted into off-campus housing. Gregory Yee, Los Angeles Times, 2 Feb. 2022 The fraternity will also be under a two-year disciplinary probation period from June 1, 2023, through May 31, 2025. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 11 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fraternity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 May 2022

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“Fraternity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for fraternity


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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