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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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