Origin of frat
An Americanism dating back to 1890–95; by shortening
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Examples from the Web for frat
Like a point in life where the frat house is too far in the rearview mirror for the behavior to be acceptable?
I went to school at NYU and never actually went to a frat party.
We had a whole thing where [Mintz-Plasse] is in the first frat meeting and they ask him, “Do you know what time it is?”
In fact, it looked like a combination of research lab, frat house and auto repair shop.Space on Earth: The Secrets of Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Gravity’
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The 43rd president has said one of his favorite songs is the frat party anthem, “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison.President Obama Needs Kanye West
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"It has nothing to do with the secret proceedings of your 'frat'," said Dora, primly.
The too fatherly "frat seniors" did all that Fred said they would, and more.
Of course we all loved Ole madly, but for all that he didn't make a frat.
We put on a little more gasoline and started for the frat house.
But one must stand by one's frat, you know—Gee, how proud I felt when I said that!
- US slang
- a member of a fraternity
- (as modifier)the frat kid
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Word Origin and History for frat
student slang shortening of fraternity, by 1888.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper