What does fraternal mean?

Definitions for fraternal
frəˈtɜr nlfra·ter·nal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fraternal(adj)

    of or relating to a fraternity or society of usually men

    "a fraternal order"

  2. fraternal, biovular(adj)

    (of twins) derived from two separate fertilized ova

    "fraternal twins are biovular"

  3. brotherly, brotherlike, fraternal(adj)

    like or characteristic of or befitting a brother

    "brotherly feelings"; "close fraternal ties"


  1. fraternal(Adjective)

    Of brothers (fraternal twins)

    Etymology: From fraternel, from fraternalis, from fraternus, from frater.

  2. fraternal(Adjective)

    Related through a brother (fraternal nephew)

    Etymology: From fraternel, from fraternalis, from fraternus, from frater.

  3. fraternal(Adjective)

    In need of a brother or sister or friend.

    Etymology: From fraternel, from fraternalis, from fraternus, from frater.

  4. fraternal(Adjective)

    Like brothers (fraternal cousins)

    Etymology: From fraternel, from fraternalis, from fraternus, from frater.

  5. fraternal(Adjective)

    Friendly or brotherly (e.g. fraternal relations between socialist parties in different countries).

    Etymology: From fraternel, from fraternalis, from fraternus, from frater.

  6. fraternal(Adjective)

    platonic (as fraternal love - brotherly love)

    Etymology: From fraternel, from fraternalis, from fraternus, from frater.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fraternal(adj)

    pf, pertaining to, or involving, brethren; becoming to brothers; brotherly; as, fraternal affection; a fraternal embrace

    Etymology: [F. fraternel, LL. fraternalis, fr. L. fraternus, fr. frater brother. See Brother.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fraternal

    fra-tėr′nal, adj. belonging to a brother or brethren: becoming brothers.—ns. Frate (frä′te), a friar:—pl. Frä′ti; Frā′ter, a friar: comrade; Frater′cula, a genus of marine diving-birds, the puffins or masked auks.—adv. Frater′nally.—n. Fraternisā′tion, the associating as brethren.—v.i. Frat′ernise, to associate as brothers: to seek brotherly fellowship.—ns. Frat′erniser; Frater′nity, the state of being brethren: a society formed on a principle of brotherhood; Frat′ry, the common-room of a monastic establishment, the chapter-house—also Frat′ery: a fraternity: a convent of friars. [Fr.,—Low L. fraternalisfrater, a brother, Eng. brother, Gr. phratēr, a clansman, Sans. bhrāta.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fraternal in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fraternal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of fraternal in a Sentence

  1. Catherine Salmon:

    Twins are the special focus of their parents, there's typically less competition between identical twins. Fraternal twins, however, behave more like other siblings.

  2. Sherri Rowan:

    I push back on that, as soon as they respond and recognize what National Fraternal Order of Police is, medical personnel are summoned. EMTs and paramedics are called because of the risk that is possible when someone is recognized to be having that sort of condition. Police departments are looking to do the best job that they can.

  3. The Argentine:

    I dream of a Europe that cares for children, that offers fraternal help to the poor and those newcomers seeking acceptance because they have lost everything and need shelter ... I dream of a Europe where being a migrant is not a crime.

  4. Chuzy:

    Failure and success are fraternal twins

  5. John Ortolano:

    Rep. Mosley’s recklessness, his demeanor and his utter disregard for the safety of the public represent the exact opposite of what the Arizona Fraternal Order of Police looks for in an elected official, potentially lethal speeding isn’t a joke. We will not stand with those who think it’s acceptable or funny to risk the lives of others while behind the wheel of a lethal weapon.

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