- to associate in a fraternal or friendly way.
- to associate cordially or intimately with natives of a conquered country, enemy troops, etc.
- Archaic. to bring into fraternal association or sympathy.
Origin of fraternize
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Examples from the Web for fraternize
In the upshot it proved that they were not yet to fraternize with the Army of the Valley.The Long Roll
To fraternize means to make a brother of; to receive into a fraternity.Orthography
Elmer W. Cavins
Next day the National Guards will fraternize with the people!Edmond Dants
I made one more attempt to fraternize with them, and only one.Sketches New and Old, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
The Russians seemed to fraternize with the French more than with us.The British Expedition to the Crimea
William Howard Russell
- (intr often foll by with) to associate on friendly terms
Word Origin and History for fraternize
1610s, "to sympathize as brothers," from French fraterniser, from Medieval Latin fraternizare, from fraternus "brotherly" (see fraternity). Military sense of "cultivate friendship with enemy troops" is from 1897 (used in World War I with reference to the Christmas Truce). Used oddly by World War II armed forces to mean "have sex with women from enemy countries."
A piece of frat, Wren-language for any attractive young woman -- ex-enemy -- in occupied territory. [John Irving, "Royal Navalese," 1946]
Related: Fraternized; fraternizing.