- of or befitting a brother or brothers; brotherly.
- of or being a society of men associated in brotherly union, as for mutual aid or benefit: a fraternal order; a fraternal association.
Origin of fraternal
Examples from the Web for fraternally
The customary "Dear brother" and "Fraternally yours" were omitted.The Plastic Age
"Nina isn't going to have more than a scalp a day," said her brother, fraternally.Harriet and the Piper
That word "Fraternally," which we find closing so many bitter and discourteous letters, seems to be used as a parting blow.The Story of a Life
J. Breckenridge Ellis
When writing to people they called them "Citizens," and signed themselves "fraternally yours."The Recollections of Alexis de Tocqueville
Alexis De Tocqueville
His sister he had hitherto loved as a friend,—so fraternally, so freely, so increasingly!Titan: A Romance v. 1 (of 2)
Jean Paul Friedrich Richter
- of or suitable to a brother; brotherly
- of or relating to a fraternity
- designating either or both of a pair of twins of the same or opposite sex that developed from two separate fertilized ovaCompare identical (def. 3)
Word Origin and History for fraternally
early 15c., from Middle French fraternel and directly from Medieval Latin fraternalis, from Latin fraternus "brotherly" (see fraternity). The noun meaning "fraternal twin" is recorded by 1911.
- Of or relating to brothers.
- Of, relating to, or being a twin developed from two separately fertilized ova; dizygotic.