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
Related formsfra·ter·nal·ism, nounfra·ter·nal·ly, adverbin·ter·fra·ter·nal, adjectivein·ter·fra·ter·nal·ly, adverbnon·fra·ter·nal, adjectivenon·fra·ter·nal·ly, adverbpre·fra·ter·nal, adjectivepre·fra·ter·nal·ly, adverbqua·si-fra·ter·nal, adjectivequa·si-fra·ter·nal·ly, adverbun·fra·ter·nal, adjectiveun·fra·ter·nal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fraternalism

Historical Examples of fraternalism

  • They come and go, but the deeper conceptions of fraternalism remain.

  • The radicals who talked God and benevolence and fraternalism were anathema to him.

  • The spirit of fraternalism has had a remarkably good influence upon the character and intelligence of the Bohemian people.

  • Literary illustrations of this spirit of fraternalism lie close at hand.

  • Indeed it is the organization of charity during the Thirteenth Century that represents the best feature of its fraternalism.

    The Thirteenth

    James J. Walsh

British Dictionary definitions for fraternalism



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 Formsfraternalism, nounfraternally, adverb

Word Origin for fraternal

C15: from Latin frāternus, from frāter brother
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Word Origin and History for fraternalism



early 15c., from Middle French fraternel and directly from Medieval Latin fraternalis, from Latin fraternus "brotherly" (see fraternity). The noun meaning "fraternal twin" is recorded by 1911.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

fraternalism in Medicine




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