from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A body of people associated for a common purpose or interest, such as a guild.
- noun A group of people joined by similar backgrounds, occupations, interests, or tastes.
- noun A social organization at a college or university, traditionally consisting of male students and designated by Greek letters.
- noun Roman Catholic Church A sodality.
- noun The quality or condition of being brothers; brotherliness.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The relationship of a brother; the condition of being a brother or of being brothers; brotherhood.
- noun Hence That mutual interest and affection which is characteristic of the fraternal relation; brotherly regard and sympathy for others, regardless of relationship by blood; brotherhood in general.
- noun A body of men associated by some natural tie, as of common interest or character, of common business or profession, or by some formal tie, as of organization for religious or social purposes; a company; a brotherhood; a society: as, a fraternity of monks; a college fraternity.
- noun Specifically, in the Roman Catholic Church, an organization of laymen for pious or charitable purposes, as the special worship of Christ, the honor of the Virgin Mary or of particular saints, the care of the distressed, sick, or dead, etc. Also called confraternity, gild, or sodality.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The state or quality of being fraternal or brotherly; brotherhood.
- noun A body of men associated for their common interest, business, or pleasure; a company; a brotherhood; a society; in the Roman Catholic Church, an association for special religious purposes, for relieving the sick and destitute, etc.
- noun Men of the same class, profession, occupation, character, or tastes.
- noun A social club for male college undergraduates. They often have secret initiation rites, and are named by the use of two or three Greek letters. The corresponding association for women students is called a
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun The quality of being
- noun A group of people
associatedfor a common purpose.
- noun US A
social organizationof male studentsat a collegeor university; usually identified by Greekletters.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a social club for male undergraduates
- noun people engaged in a particular occupation
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
Also, on the larger level the larger our fraternity is the more power we will have against the anti-hunters.
In the “treasure trove of words” supplied by the French Revolution, writes the historian Mona Ozouf, “the relative absence of the word fraternity” is “striking.”
To call for liberty, equality or fraternity is a rallying call to arms.
So we have the profession of faith, the participation in fraternity, and the declaration of oath to the principles of social conduct in the MFA guild.
So the Scribe Awards -- for the media tie-in fraternity -- were announced at Comic-Con in San Diego.
This fraternity is often envied by people who did not serve, due to the camaraderie we display to each other.
I understand the point of a fraternity is to foster brotherhood.
Underground sorcerous power struggles, and wizardly fraternity is vexing.
Not a great message to send to our citizens -- especially those living in fraternity houses, but I most certainly digress.
When my grandfather Ichiro Hatoyama translated one of the works of Count Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi into Japanese, he rendered the word fraternity as "yuai" rather than the existing translation of "hakuai".