[ kon-fruh-tur-ni-tee ]
/ ˌkɒn frəˈtɜr nɪ ti /
noun, plural con·fra·ter·ni·ties.
a lay brotherhood devoted to some purpose, especially to religious or charitable service.
a society or organization, especially of men, united for some purpose or in some profession.
Origin of confraternity
Related formscon·fra·ter·nal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for confraternal
/ (ˌkɒnfrəˈtɜːnɪtɪ) /
noun plural -ties
a group of men united for some particular purpose, esp Christian laymen organized for religious or charitable service; brotherhood
Derived Formsconfraternal, adjective
Word Origin for confraternity
C15: from Medieval Latin confrāternitās; see confrère, fraternity
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