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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 ?
Our grand master is still to be named; for like royal kings of old times, we find the headwaters of our fraternity in nothing short of the great gods themselves.
A fourth requested, in the name of the whole medical fraternity, that Cotton Mather would confine his attention to people's souls, and leave the physicians to take care of their bodies.
Thou art in the right of it, Sancho," said Don Quixote; "and the bachelor Samson Carrasco, if he enters the pastoral fraternity, as no doubt he will, may call himself the shepherd Samsonino, or perhaps the shepherd Carrascon; Nicholas the barber may call himself Niculoso, as old Boscan formerly was called Nemoroso; as for the curate I don't know what name we can fit to him unless it be something derived from his title, and we call him the shepherd Curiambro.
While they were thus amusing themselves, another of the fraternity made his appearance, and looked gravely on their sports for some time, without offering to join in them.
The recent wreck had dismayed even the voyageurs, and the fate of their popular comrade, Clappine, one of the most adroit and experienced of their fraternity, had struck sorrow to their hearts, for with all their levity, these thoughtless beings have great kindness towards each other.
For the reasons mentioned in the preceding chapter, and from some other matrimonial concessions, well known to most husbands, and which, like the secrets of freemasonry, should be divulged to none who are not members of that honourable fraternity, Mrs Partridge was pretty well satisfied that she had condemned her husband without cause, and endeavoured by acts of kindness to make him amends for her false suspicion.
A crowd who exhibit what they deem to be broken hearts--and among them many lovelorn maids and bachelors, and men of disappointed ambition in arts or politics, and the poor who were once rich, or who have sought to be rich in vain--the great majority of these may ask admittance into some other fraternity.
The famous Medmenham monks, or "Hell Fire Club," as they were commonly called, and of whom the notorious Wilkes was a member, were a fraternity whose motto was "Do as you please," and that invitation still stands over the ruined doorway of the abbey.
Monseigneur gone, and the three strong men absolving themselves from the sin of having drawn his high wages, by being more than ready and willing to cut his throat on the altar of the dawning Republic one and indivisible of Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, or Death, Monseigneur's house had been first sequestrated, and then confiscated.
This artist is much encouraged and esteemed by the whole fraternity.
It was a mysterious fraternity born of the smoke and dan- ger of death.
I imagine that Freemasonry is the fraternity and equality of men who have virtuous aims," said Pierre, feeling ashamed of the inadequacy of his words for the solemnity of the moment, as he spoke.