fraternal

[ fruh-tur-nl ]
/ frəˈtɜr nl /

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.

Origin of fraternal

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

fraternalism, nounfraternally, adverb

Word Origin for fraternal

C15: from Latin frāternus, from frāter brother
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Medicine 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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