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fra·ter·ni·ty

 (frə-tûr′nĭ-tē)
n. pl. fra·ter·ni·ties
1. A body of people associated for a common purpose or interest, such as a guild.
2. A group of people joined by similar backgrounds, occupations, interests, or tastes: the fraternity of bird watchers.
3. A social organization at a college or university, traditionally consisting of male students and designated by Greek letters.
4. Roman Catholic Church A sodality.
5. The quality or condition of being brothers; brotherliness.

[Middle English fraternite, from Old French, from Latin frāternitās, from frāternus, fraternal; see fraternal.]

fraternity

(frəˈtɜːnɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. a body of people united in interests, aims, etc: the teaching fraternity. Gender-neutral form: community
2. brotherhood
3. (Education) US and Canadian a secret society joined by male students, usually functioning as a social club

fra•ter•ni•ty

(frəˈtɜr nɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. a local or national social organization of male students usu. with secret initiation and rites and a name composed of 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 or interests.
4. an organization of laymen for religious or charitable purposes; sodality.
5. the quality or state of being brotherly; brotherhood.
[1300–50; Middle English < Latin]

fraternity

a fellowship or association of men, as for a benevolent or charitable purpose or at a college.
See also: Society

Fraternity

 a group of men joined by a common interest or organized for religious purposes, 1330. See also brotherhood, fellowship, guild.
Examples: fraternity of couriers, 1838; of free masons, 1851; of goldsmiths, 1870; of mercers, 1483; of vagabonds, 1561.

fraternity

An organization of male students at a college or university, primarily for social activities.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fraternity - a social club for male undergraduatesfraternity - a social club for male undergraduates
gild, guild, social club, society, club, lodge, order - a formal association of people with similar interests; "he joined a golf club"; "they formed a small lunch society"; "men from the fraternal order will staff the soup kitchen today"
chapter - a local branch of some fraternity or association; "he joined the Atlanta chapter"
2.fraternity - people engaged in a particular occupation; "the medical fraternity"
social class, socio-economic class, stratum, class - people having the same social, economic, or educational status; "the working class"; "an emerging professional class"
brother - a male person who is a fellow member (of a fraternity or religion or other group); "none of his brothers would betray him"
sodalist - a member of a sodality

fraternity

noun
1. companionship, fellowship, brotherhood, kinship, camaraderie, comradeship He needs the fraternity of others.
2. circle, company, set, order, clan, guild the spread of stolen guns among the criminal fraternity
3. brotherhood, club, union, society, league, association, sodality He joined a college fraternity.

fraternity

noun
A group of people united in a relationship and having some interest, activity, or purpose in common:
Translations
أخَويَّه رهبانيَّهجَماعَه أخويّه، رابِطَهجَمعِيَّة مِن الطُّلّاب الذُّكور
bratrstvochlapecký studentský spolekprofesespolečenství
broderskabgruppestand
veljeskuntaveljeys
bratstvo
diákklubtestvériesség
bræîralag, félagasamtökfélagssamtök karlmanna; bræîralag
fraternitate
chlapčenský študentský spolok
birlikcemiyetdernekerkek öğrenciler derneğikardeşlik derneği

fraternity

[frəˈtɜːnɪtɪ] N
1. (= comradeship) → fraternidad f
2. (US) (Univ) → círculo m estudiantil
3. (= organization) → hermandad f
the criminal fraternityel mundo del hampa
the yachting fraternitylos aficionados a la vela SORORITY/FRATERNITY

fraternity

[frəˈtɜːrnɪti] n
(= friendship and support) → fraternité f
(= social group) → confrérie f, communauté f
the sailing fraternity → la confrérie des marins
(US) (in university) association d'étudiants sélective

fraternity

n
no plBrüderlichkeit f
(= community)Vereinigung f, → Zunft f; (Eccl) → Bruderschaft f; (US Univ) → Verbindung f; the legal/medical/teaching fraternitydie Juristen pl/Mediziner pl/Lehrer pl; the hunting/sailing fraternitydie Jagd-/Segelfans pl; the criminal fraternitydie Kriminellen pl, → die Unterwelt ? also sorority

fraternity

[frəˈtɜːnɪtɪ] nfraternità; (club) → associazione f; (spirit) → fratellanza (Am) (Univ) associazione studentesca maschile

fraternal

(frəˈtəːnl) adjective
of or like a brother. a fraternal greeting.
fraˈternally adverb
fraˈternityplural fraˈternities noun
1. a company of people who regard each other as equals, eg monks.
2. a company of people with the same interest, job etc. the banking fraternity.
3. (American) a society of male students in various universities.
References in classic literature ?
He wore the rings and pins and badges of different fraternal orders to which he belonged.
Brothers of a Vow: Secret Fraternal Orders and the Transformation of White Male Culture in Antebellum Virginia.
Even as black militia companies, post-Reconstruction, were forcibly eliminated, "quasi-military" secret and fraternal orders like Savannah's Knights of Pythias in 1906 took over: "the men in uniform may not have been in the militia, but the local black newspaper reported their maneuvers as though they were.