verb (used without object), frat·er·nized, frat·er·niz·ing.
verb (used with object), frat·er·nized, frat·er·niz·ing.
- fraternal twins,
- fraternity house,
Origin of fraternize
Examples from the Web for fraternize
They also forbid any US citizen to fraternize or associate with the group.
Maybe Margaret would like to fraternize with Mr. Gerald who seems to have the same ideas.
It must be of some service to him, otherwise he would not fraternize with the little creature.Two Years Among the Savages of New Guinea.|W. D. Pitcairn
Just as we, for example, in spite of all our German heartiness, should find it difficult to fraternize with a Sandwich Islander.Tour in England, Ireland, and France, in the years 1826, 1827, 1828 and 1829.|Hermann Pckler-Muskau
Then, too, all the most prominent men of New England fraternize with slavery.Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 2 (of 3)|Theodore Parker
Experience has proven that you cannot fraternize with an enlisted man one minute and then punish him for misconduct the next.The Plattsburg Manual|O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey
Refused to fraternize with the Germans even after the armistice was signed.
1610s, "to sympathize as brothers," from French fraterniser, from Medieval Latin fraternizare, from fraternus "brotherly" (see fraternity). Military sense of "cultivate friendship with enemy troops" is from 1897 (used in World War I with reference to the Christmas Truce). Used oddly by World War II armed forces to mean "have sex with women from enemy countries."
A piece of frat, Wren-language for any attractive young woman -- ex-enemy -- in occupied territory. [John Irving, "Royal Navalese," 1946]
Related: Fraternized; fraternizing.