fra·​ter·​ni·​ty frə-ˈtər-nə-tē How to pronounce fraternity (audio)
plural fraternities
: a group of people associated or formally organized for a common purpose, interest, or pleasure: such as
: a fraternal order
: a men's student organization formed chiefly for social purposes having secret rites and a name consisting of Greek letters
: a student organization for scholastic, professional, or extracurricular activities
a debating fraternity
: the quality or state of being brothers : brotherliness
: persons of the same class, profession, character, or tastes
the racetrack fraternity

Example Sentences

an atmosphere of fraternity and cooperation a firm believer in community service and a dedicated member of the local fraternity of Good Samaritans
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fraternity was in the 14th century

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“Fraternity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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fra·​ter·​ni·​ty frə-ˈtər-nət-ē How to pronounce fraternity (audio)
plural fraternities
: a social, honorary, or professional organization
especially : a social club of male college students

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