Meaning of confraternity

con•fra•ter•ni•ty

Pronunciation: (kon"fru-tûr'ni-tē), [key]
— pl. -ties.
  1. a lay brotherhood devoted to some purpose, esp. to religious or charitable service.
  2. a society or organization, esp. of men, united for some purpose or in some profession.
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