so·​dal·​i·​ty | \ sō-ˈda-lə-tē How to pronounce sodality (audio) \
plural sodalities

Definition of sodality

2 : an organized society or fellowship specifically : a devotional or charitable association of Roman Catholic laity

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First Known Use of sodality

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sodality

Latin sodalitat-, sodalitas comradeship, club, from sodalis comrade — more at sib

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The first known use of sodality was in 1600

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“Sodality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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