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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Teen Vogue has reached out to Harvard University and the fraternities and sororities involved for comment. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "Fraternities and Sororities Sue Harvard Over Punishment of Single-Sex Groups," 4 Dec. 2018 Parents and national leaders of fraternities and sororities launching a nationwide anti-hazing campaign spoke to Fox News, expressing deep concern about the deaths of too many young college students. Frank Miles, Fox News, "Greek life leaders and parents of hazing victims join forces to save lives," 12 Sep. 2018 That night, that rumor was spread among our sorority sisters and was shut down fast, exposing her true colors. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "​13 Roommate Horror Stories That’ll Make You Want to Live Alone," 13 July 2018 Directed by Marti Lyons, the play follows a group of college students who gather for a DIY self-defense workshop after a sorority sister is raped. Kt Hawbaker,, "Victory Gardens sets lineup for 10th Ignition Festival of New Plays," 13 June 2018 Traficante also harassed his ex-girlfriend’s family and tormented her sorority sisters with menacing texts, according to court documents. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "‘Harm is coming:’ New York man terrorized girlfriend and her sorority after breakup | Miami Herald," 27 Mar. 2018 That’s why a good 30 minutes before the first person hit the water a group of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority sisters from Rockhurst University sat pondering their options. Laura Bauer, kansascity, "Sunny Saturday makes KC’s Polar Plunge almost ‘bearable’ — almost," 27 Jan. 2018 Stanford University in January investigated reports that seven students, including members of a sorority and the men’s rowing team, were allegedly drugged at a fraternity party. Susan Snyder,, "Spiked drinks at Temple frat? Researchers say it's not uncommon," 2 May 2018 At Howard University, Harris joined the debate team and became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the country’s first African American sorority. Zoe Ghertner, Glamour, "Kamala Harris Is on the Rise," 31 Oct. 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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