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.
Recent Examples on the Web Berkeley, California — The University of California, Berkeley reported Wednesday a spike in students testing positive for the COVID-19 and is attributing the increase in cases to a series of fraternity and sorority parties. Cbs Los Angeles, CBS News, "University of California, Berkeley blames spike in coronavirus cases on frat, sorority parties," 9 July 2020 Craig was 19, a soccer cheerleader at Indiana University and a Chi Omega sorority member. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, "‘Enjoying life to the fullest.’ IU cheerleader, Luke Recker’s ex-girlfriend deals with paralysis," 9 July 2020 In a news conference with Inslee, Cauce said UW had asked fraternity and sorority houses to reduce occupancy by 50% and planned to decrease the number of students in residence halls. Anchorage Daily News, "At least 80 Washington state students in fraternities test positive for coronavirus, a foreboding sign for college reopenings," 3 July 2020 Becker herself had spent most of her career focused on the prevention of eating disorders among sorority members. Carrie Arnold, STAT, "Among people facing food insecurity, researchers find a hidden health issue: eating disorders," 25 June 2020 The public university's Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life said on its website that all fraternity and sorority gatherings are canceled or postponed until further notice. NBC News, "Mississippi ties spike in coronavirus cases to fraternity rush parties," 19 June 2020 The sorority has been very vocal in their opposition to the recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and countless others. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Provides Scholarships For George Floyd’s Family To Attend HBCUs," 12 June 2020 April, meanwhile, sent letters to her friends, family and college sorority sisters and encouraged them to buy cakes for $40 each. Bob Carlton |, al, "The inspiring story behind these heavenly Alabama cakes," 11 June 2020 Valencia Patton attended the cleanup as part of her sorority's service mission. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hundreds of volunteers joined to clean up Milwaukee's Harambee neighborhood," 1 June 2020

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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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13 Jul 2020

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“Sorority.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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