so·​ror·​i·​ty | \ sə-ˈrȯr-ə-tē How to pronounce sorority (audio) , -ˈrär-\
plural sororities

Definition of sorority

: a club of women specifically : a women's student organization formed chiefly for social purposes and having a name consisting of Greek letters

Examples of sorority in a Sentence

She wanted to pledge a sorority.

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The woman said she was set up with Wolff on a blind date by another member of her sorority. Angela Ruggiero, The Mercury News, "Hearing for ex-UC Berkeley fraternity member accused of multiple sex assaults begins," 12 Sep. 2019 Harvard is, of course, not required to host fraternities and sororities on campus. Erin Hawley, National Review, "Harvard’s Ban on Single-Sex Organizations Hurts Women," 19 Aug. 2019 That heedlessness, chased by total clarity, is what gives her voice such authority, like the coolest Big in your sorority. Sophia Nguyen, Dallas News, "Jia Tolentino offers smart takes on the absurdities of modern life," 12 Aug. 2019 The new Black Christmas is set during the holidays at Hawthorne College, where, one by one, sorority girls are being killed by an unknown stalker. Clark Collis,, "Cary Elwes joining cast of Black Christmas remake," 19 June 2019 One by one, sorority girls on campus are being killed by an unknown stalker. Kaitlin Reilly,, "The Remake Of Black Christmas Just Scored A Killer Feminist Update," 15 June 2019 Classmate Kaitlyn Roeda, who also is a member of Lueck's sorority, described her as a model student to affiliate KSL. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "Who was Mackenzie Lueck? Friends remember the slain Utah college student as a friendly 'ball of light'," 1 July 2019 One former member of the secret sorority, Lauren Salzman, described the excruciating experience of being branded. Colin Moynihan, New York Times, "Nxivm’s Keith Raniere Convicted in Trial Exposing Sex Cult’s Inner Workings," 19 June 2019 The photo is on the same page as a description of the sorority and the accomplishments of its members. CBS News, "Alabama governor Kay Ivey will not step down over blackface skit," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of sorority

1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sorority

Medieval Latin sororitas sisterhood, from Latin soror sister

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English Language Learners Definition of sorority

: an organization of female students at a U.S. college


so·​ror·​i·​ty | \ sə-ˈrȯr-ə-tē How to pronounce sorority (audio) \
plural sororities

Kids Definition of sorority

: a club of girls or women especially at a college

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