Definitions for: Fraternity


[n] people engaged in a particular occupation; "the medical fraternity"
[n] a social club for male undergraduates



Webster (1913) Definition: Fra*ter"ni*ty, n.; pl. Fraternities. [F.
fraternit['e], L. fraternitas.]
1. The state or quality of being fraternal or brotherly;
brotherhood.

2. A body of men associated for their common interest,
business, or pleasure; a company; a brotherhood; a
society; in the Roman Catholic Chucrch, an association for
special religious purposes, for relieving the sick and
destitute, etc.

3. Men of the same class, profession, occupation, character,
or tastes.

With what terms of respect knaves and sots will
speak of their own fraternity! --South.

Synonyms: brotherhood, frat, sodality

See Also: brother, chapter, class, club, gild, guild, lodge, order, social class, society, socio-economic class, sodalist

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