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frater

1
[frey-ter]
noun
  1. a brother, as in a religious or fraternal order; comrade.
  2. a member of a college or university fraternity.
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Origin of frater

1
1555–65; < Latin frāter brother

frater

2
[frey-ter]
noun Ecclesiastical History Obsolete.
  1. the refectory of a religious house.
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Also fratry.

Origin of frater

2
1250–1300; Middle English frater, freitour < Old French fraitur, short for refreitor < Late Latin rēfectōrium refectory
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Historical Examples of frater

  • But you'll admit, Frater, that it takes longer with savages.

    Despoilers of the Golden Empire

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • Frater produced his silver pocket flask and handed it round.

  • But Frater Boer had had a belly full the preceding day, his losses in killed and wounded being considerable, I hear.

  • Frater Vincent, the agent of the Universal Assembly, complained in no uncertain terms about this state of affairs.

    Despoilers of the Golden Empire

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • Get a detail to clear out the carrion, and then tell Frater Vincent I want to talk to him.

    Despoilers of the Golden Empire

    Gordon Randall Garrett


British Dictionary definitions for frater

frater

1
noun
  1. a mendicant friar or a lay brother in a monastery or priory
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Word Origin for frater

C16: from Latin: brother

frater

2
noun
  1. archaic a refectory
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Word Origin for frater

C13: from Old French fraiteur, aphetic variant of refreitor, from Late Latin rēfectōrium refectory
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