sodality

noun
so·dal·i·ty | \ sō-ˈda-lə-tē \
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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a 19th-century observer of American society noted that Americans had a fondness for forming sodalities a tragic loss of life that was felt throughout the sodality of firefighters

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Festivities begin at 10 a.m. with the procession through the streets of Melrose Park featuring the statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Italian sodalities and family candle. Pioneer Press, chicagotribune.com, "Guide to the 2017 suburban Chicago summer festivals," 22 May 2017

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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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