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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O'Brien, 54, originally created the oil painting of Meghan last year for the Summer 2018 cover of her sorority's magazine. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meet the Artist Behind the Stunning Meghan Markle Portrait Featured by Beyoncé and Jay-Z," 21 Feb. 2019 Harvard does not officially recognize fraternities or sororities, but several are open to students. Fox News, "Harvard sorority closes amid rule on single-gender clubs," 6 Aug. 2018 One university employee, Alecia Johnson, former executive Assistant to the President and Director of Special Events at FVSU and a graduate member of the sorority, has resigned over the matter. Leada Gore,, "AKA sorority at Georgia HBCU focus of sex misconduct investigation," 1 May 2018 The university and members of McCoy’s sorority, Sigma Kappa, issued statements mourning her. Ian Cummings, kansascity, "‘It’s broken my heart’: Maryville bar owner grieves college student killed at front door," 8 Jan. 2018 Multiple students allegedly heard the sorority member mocking the speaker, who is black. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "A University of New Mexico Sorority Is Under Investigation After Racist Comments Were Allegedly Made at a Campus Event," 25 Sep. 2018 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

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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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