[ suh-rawr-i-tee, -ror- ]
/ səˈrɔr ɪ ti, -ˈrɒr- /

noun, plural so·ror·i·ties.

a society or club of women or girls, especially in a college.

Origin of sorority

1525–35; < Medieval Latin sorōritās, equivalent to Latin sorōr- (stem of soror) sister + -itās -ity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (səˈrɒrɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

mainly US a social club or society for university women

Word Origin for sorority

C16: from Medieval Latin sorōritās, from Latin soror sister
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Word Origin and History for sorority



1530s, "a society of women, body of women united for some purpose," from Medieval Latin sororitas "sisterhood, of or pertaining to sisters," from Latin soror "sister" (see sister). Sense of "women's society in a college or university" attested by 1887 (Alpha Delta Pi claims founding in 1851).

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