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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Lueck has been remembered as a bubbly, nurturing person was a member of a sorority and a part-time senior at the University of Utah studying kinesiology and pre-nursing. Lindsay Whitehurst,, "Police say body of slain Utah college student recovered in canyon," 5 July 2019 Cline, Jillian Clark and Brittney Searson, who all graduated in May, were all Phi Mu sorority sisters. Htv National Desk, Houston Chronicle, "Renowned billionaire, 3 recent college grads among 7 killed in Bahamas helicopter crash," 5 July 2019 Officials have made changes to Greek life at Miami, where about 30 percent of students are part of a sorority or fraternity. Keith Bierygolick,, "Miami University hazing case: 'Please do not say anything that would threaten the future of the fraternity'," 27 June 2019 The restaurant was a lynchpin of black New Orleans life where very special dates were brought, fraternity and sorority luncheons and dinners were held, and graduations were celebrated. Jessica B. Harris, The Atlantic, "The Woman Who Brought Culinary Capital to New Orleans," 4 June 2019 The Asbury Park Press reports that all non-educational activities sponsored by Monmouth University's seven fraternities and nine sororities have been canceled, including parties, recruitment efforts and community service events. Fox News, "New Jersey college suspends all fraternities, sororities," 6 Sep. 2018 The 56-year-old gospel legend was inducted alongside diplomat Teta V. Banks, astronaut Jeanette J. Epps, activist Chantél Harris, and author Margot Lee Shetterly at the sorority’s biennial conference in Houston. Niki Mcgloster,, "The Quick Read: Beyonce, Oprah To Headline Global Citizen in South Africa," 9 July 2018 This vaccine is particularly good to consider if your child goes to college and lives in tight quarters, like a dorm or a sorority or fraternity house. Woman's Day, "Everything You Need to Know About Vaccines for Teens," 25 Feb. 2018 The percussive dance style known as stepping — a thundering blend of stomps, claps and shouts — began at African-American fraternities and sororities, though its roots date from the early 20th century. Brian Schaefer, New York Times, "10 Dance Performances to See in NYC This Weekend," 26 Apr. 2018

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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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