so·​dal·​i·​ty sō-ˈda-lə-tē How to pronounce sodality (audio)
plural sodalities
: an organized society or fellowship
specifically : a devotional or charitable association of Roman Catholic laity

Example Sentences

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sodality was in 1600

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Cite this Entry

“Sodality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

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so·​dal·​i·​ty sō-ˈdal-ət-ē How to pronounce sodality (audio)
plural sodalities
: an organized society or fellowship
especially : a Roman Catholic association for the purposes of devotion or charity
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