so·ror·i·ty | \sə-ˈrȯr-ə-tē, -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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Then, in college, my first jet travel was literally a bumpy ride with major turbulence during most of the flight to Dallas for a sorority convention. Pat Lenhoff,, "Column: The magic and horror of air travel," 12 July 2018 Fraternity and sorority membership appears to be trending up. Thom Patterson, CNN, "What to know before pledging a fraternity or sorority," 12 Apr. 2018 The world’s oldest black sorority was founded on a cold January day in 1908 on the campus of Howard University. Ernie Suggs, ajc, "Sorority vigil held for Maleka Jackson, Atlanta woman killed in Bahamas boat accident," 8 July 2018 The images showed what appear to be multiple non-consensual nude images of women, references to pedophilia, anti-Semitic and rape jokes, drug sales and insensitive comments about a sorority member who died last summer. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "UF suspends fraternity for four years over alcohol, drugs | Miami Herald," 10 Jan. 2018 Still, colleges often embrace fraternities and sororities for their philanthropy and leadership. New York Times, "What’s the Biggest Challenge for Colleges and Universities?," 5 June 2018 Groves' sorority sisters, members of Delta Sigma Theta, sat toward the front of the room. Melanie Balakit, ajc, "Waffle House shooting victim DeEbony Groves sang ‘Jesus Loves Me’ before she was killed," 30 Apr. 2018 Florida State temporarily suspended alcohol and social functions at fraternities and sororities following the incident. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Frat brothers plead guilty, receive jail time in Florida State hazing death," 16 Apr. 2018 Delta Upsilon was also prohibited from participating in sorority or fraternity sponsored philanthropic events, intramurals, and university services or programs. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "UW fraternity Delta Upsilon loses its charter for hazing," 28 June 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 \
plural sororities

Kids Definition of sorority

: a club of girls or women especially at a college

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