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[ fruh-tur-ni-tee ]


, plural fra·ter·ni·ties.
  1. a local or national organization of male students, primarily for social purposes, usually with secret initiation and rites and a name composed of two or three Greek letters.
  2. a group of persons associated by or as if by ties of brotherhood.
  3. any group or class of persons having common purposes, interests, etc.:

    the medical fraternity.

  4. an organization of laymen for religious or charitable purposes; sodality.
  5. the quality of being brotherly; brotherhood:

    liberty, equality, and fraternity.

  6. the relation of a brother or between brothers.


/ frəˈtɜːnɪtɪ /


  1. a body of people united in interests, aims, etc Gender-neutral formcommunity

    the teaching fraternity

  2. brotherhood
  3. a secret society joined by male students, usually functioning as a social club
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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  • inter·fra·terni·ty adjective
  • nonfra·terni·ty noun plural nonfraternities
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Word History and Origins

Origin of fraternity1

1300–50; Middle English fraternite < Latin frāternitās. See fraternal, -ity
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Example Sentences

The school will establish a task force to monitor fraternities and sororities.

The video went out after the SEC charged another Amazon employee in 2017 with leaking sensitive information a fraternity brother so the pair could make an illegal profit.

From Fortune

Then fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups joined in to build their living communities.

When the male soccer fraternity banned women from playing in 1921, it effectively quashed the competition.

Incredibly enough, another overlooked scope for the Crusader State armies relates to the bevy of urban militias who formed their own fraternities.

Inside Higher Ed opened the question of banning frats in September after some schools began suspending fraternity activities.

And an anonymous junior in a fraternity at Emory University feels similarly.

And how do fraternity members feel about their organizations being on the chopping block?

A sobering article on gang rape inside a UVA fraternity has Wahoo alumni like myself up in arms.

From speaking with USC fraternity brothers, it almost seems worse for the boys.

The Colorado resort fairly dripped with wealthy tourists and members of the sporting fraternity from everywhere.

The records of the church contain a singularly picturesque representation of the ancient customs of the fraternity.

In others where the expression continued in use the institution changed its character and became simply a religious fraternity.

We are ready for those noblemen and clergymen, for all the tonsured fraternity and their bishop to boot!

The fraternity had its common seal, and the ordinary powers and privileges of corporations.


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