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frəˈtɜr nɪ tifra·ter·ni·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fraternity, fratnoun

    a social club for male undergraduates

  2. brotherhood, fraternity, sodalitynoun

    people engaged in a particular occupation

    "the medical fraternity"


  1. Fraternitynoun

    A social club for male college undergraduates. They often have secret initiation rites, and are named by the use of two or three Greek letters. The corresponding association for women students is called a sorority.


  1. fraternitynoun

    The quality of being brothers; brotherhood

  2. fraternitynoun

    A group of people associated for a common purpose.

  3. fraternitynoun

    A social organization of male students at a college or university; usually identified by Greek letters.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Fraternitynoun

    Etymology: fraternite, French; fraternitas, Latin.

    ’Tis a necessary rule in alliances, societies, and fraternities, and all manner of civil contracts, to have a strict regard to the humour of those we have to do withal. Roger L'Estrange, Fables.

    With what terms of respect knaves and sots will speak of their own fraternity. Robert South, Sermons.


  1. Fraternity

    A fraternity (from Latin frater: "brother"; whence, "brotherhood") or fraternal organization is an organization, society, club or fraternal order traditionally of men associated together for various religious or secular aims. Fraternity in the Western concept developed in the Christian context, notably with the religious orders in the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages. The concept was eventually further extended with medieval confraternities and guilds. In the early modern era, these were followed by fraternal orders such as Freemasons and Odd Fellows, along with gentlemen's clubs, student fraternities, and fraternal service organizations. Members are occasionally referred to as a brother or – usually in a religious context – Frater or Friar.Today, connotations of fraternities vary according to context including companionships and brotherhoods dedicated to the religious, intellectual, academic, physical, or social pursuits of its members. Additionally, in modern times, it sometimes connotes a secret society especially regarding freemasonry, odd fellows, various academic, and student societies.Although membership in fraternities was and mostly still is limited to men, this is not always the case. There are mixed male and female orders, as well as wholly female religious orders and societies, some of which are known as sororities in North America.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fraternitynoun

    the state or quality of being fraternal or brotherly; brotherhood

  2. Fraternitynoun

    a body of men associated for their common interest, business, or pleasure; a company; a brotherhood; a society; in the Roman Catholic Chucrch, an association for special religious purposes, for relieving the sick and destitute, etc

  3. Fraternitynoun

    men of the same class, profession, occupation, character, or tastes

  4. Etymology: [F. fraternit, L. fraternitas.]


  1. Fraternity

    Fraternity were an Australian rock band which formed in Sydney in 1970 and relocated to Adelaide in 1971. Former members include successive lead vocalists Bon Scott, John Swan, and his brother Jimmy Barnes. Their biggest local hit was a cover version of "Seasons of Change" which peaked at No. 1 in Adelaide, but nationally it was overrun by the original Blackfeather version. The group won the 1971 Hoadley's Battle of the Sounds with the prize being a free trip to London. Fraternity went through various line-ups and was renamed as Fang, Fraternity, Some Dream and finished as Mickey Finn in 1981.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fraternity in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fraternity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of fraternity in a Sentence

  1. Penn State:

    The interim suspension means the fraternity loses all privileges as a recognized student organization pending the outcome of the investigations.

  2. Kim Burch:

    We had no idea, unfortunately, until Nolan passed, that there had been so many problems, it's sad. It's really sad. If we had known this was going on, we would have never let him join this fraternity.

  3. Timothy Piazza:

    This was an alcohol-free, hazing-free fraternity with an adult athletic trainer living in the house, but there were years of parties documented on the tapes( from security cameras in the fraternity house). Nobody paid attention to anything. I blame all of them.

  4. Vijay Chokal-Ingam:

    My change in appearance was so startling that my own fraternity brothers didn't recognize me at first.

  5. David Perry:

    People are just socialized to believe that this is an accepted behavior and the only way you can be part of a fraternity or sorority, it's wrong. It's bad data on their hard drives in their heads.

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