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fraternal

[ fruh-tur-nl ]
/ frəˈtɜr nl /
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adjective
of or befitting a brother or brothers; brotherly.
of or being a society of men associated in brotherly union, as for mutual aid or benefit: a fraternal order; a fraternal association.

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Origin of fraternal

1375–1425; late Middle English <Latin frātern(us) fraternal (derivative of frāterbrother) + -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for fraternal

fraternal
/ (frəˈtɜːnəl) /

adjective
of or suitable to a brother; brotherly
of or relating to a fraternity
designating either or both of a pair of twins of the same or opposite sex that developed from two separate fertilized ovaCompare identical (def. 3)

Derived forms of fraternal

fraternalism, nounfraternally, adverb

Word Origin for fraternal

C15: from Latin frāternus, from frāter brother
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Medical definitions for fraternal

fraternal
[ frə-tûrnəl ]

adj.
Of or relating to brothers.
Of, relating to, or being a twin developed from two separately fertilized ova; dizygotic.
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