FRATERN'ITY, n. [L. fraternitas.] 1. The state or quality of a brother; brotherhood. 2. A body of men associated for their common interest or pleasure; a company; a brotherhood; a society; as the fraternity of free masons. 3. Men of the same class, profession, occupation or character. With what terms of respect knaves and sots will speak of their own fraternity.
noun (plural-ties) Date: 14th century 1. a group of people associated or formally organized for a common purpose, interest, or pleasure: as a. a fraternal order b.guild 1 c. a men's student organization formed chiefly for social purposes having secret rites and a name consisting of Greek letters d. a student organization for scholastic, professional, or extracurricular activities <a debating fraternity> 2. the quality or state of being brothers ; brotherliness 3. persons of the same class, profession, character, or tastes <the racetrack fraternity>
n. (pl. -ies) 1 a religious brotherhood. 2 a group or company with common interests, or of the same professional class. 3 US a male students' society in a university or college. 4 being fraternal; brotherliness. Etymology: ME f. OF fraternité f. L fraternitas -tatis (as FRATERNAL)
Fraternity 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.
(fraternities) 1. Fraternity refers to friendship and support between people who feel they are closely linked to each other. (FORMAL) Bob needs the fraternity of others who share his mission. 2. You can refer to people who have the same profession or the same interests as a particular fraternity. ...the spread of stolen guns among the criminal fraternity....the sailing fraternity.= set N-COUNT: usu supp N 3. In the United States, a fraternity is a society of male university or college students. N-COUNT