from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An association of persons united in a common purpose or profession.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A group of people with a common interest.
- n. A fraternity or brotherhood.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A society or body of men united for some purpose, or in some profession; a brotherhood.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A brotherhood; a society or body of men united for some purpose or in some profession; specifically, in the Roman Catholic Church, a lay brotherhood devoted to some particular religious or charitable service: as (in the middle ages), the confraternity of bridge-builders. The word is now similarly used in the Anglican and Protestant Episcopal churches. Also called sodality.
Middle English confraternite, from Old French, from Medieval Latin cōnfrāternitās, from cōnfrāter, colleague; see confrere.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)