from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to brothers: a close fraternal tie.
- adj. Showing comradeship; brotherly.
- adj. Of or constituting a fraternity: a fraternal association.
- adj. Biology Of, relating to, or being a twin developed from two separately fertilized ova; dizygotic.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of brothers (fraternal twins).
- adj. Related through a brother (fraternal nephew).
- adj. In need of a brother or sister or friend.
- adj. Like brothers (fraternal cousins).
- adj. Brotherly, befitting or of a brother or brothers.
- adj. Friendly or brotherly (e.g. fraternal relations between socialist parties in different countries).
- adj. Being or of a society of men linked in brotherly union (fraternal society).
- adj. platonic (as fraternal love - brotherly love).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or involving, brethren; becoming to brothers; brotherly
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Brotherly; pertaining to brethren; proceeding from or becoming to brothers: as, fraternal interest; a fraternal embrace.
- Synonyms Brotherly, Fraternal. See brotherly.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. like or characteristic of or befitting a brother
- adj. of or relating to a fraternity or society of usually men
- adj. (of twins) derived from two separate fertilized ova
Middle English, from Old French fraternel, from Medieval Latin frāternālis, from Latin frāternus, from frāter, brother; see bhrāter- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French fraternel, from Medieval Latin frāternālis ("fraternal"), from Latin frāternus ("of or pertaining to a brother, fraternal"), from frāter ("brother"). (Wiktionary)