- a brother, as in a religious or fraternal order; comrade.
- a member of a college or university fraternity.
Origin of frater1
1555–65; < Latin frāter brother
- the refectory of a religious house.
Origin of frater2
1250–1300; Middle English frater, freitour < Old French fraitur, short for refreitor < Late Latin rēfectōrium refectory
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Examples from the Web for frater
But you'll admit, Frater, that it takes longer with savages.
Frater produced his silver pocket flask and handed it round.Of Walks and Walking Tours
But Frater Boer had had a belly full the preceding day, his losses in killed and wounded being considerable, I hear.A Yeoman's Letters
P. T. Ross
Frater Vincent, the agent of the Universal Assembly, complained in no uncertain terms about this state of affairs.
Get a detail to clear out the carrion, and then tell Frater Vincent I want to talk to him.
- a mendicant friar or a lay brother in a monastery or priory
C16: from Latin: brother
- archaic a refectory
C13: from Old French fraiteur, aphetic variant of refreitor, from Late Latin rēfectōrium refectory
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