Meaning of fraternity

fra•ter•ni•ty

Pronunciation: (fru-tûr'ni-tē), [key]
— pl. -ties.
  1. a local or national organization of male students, primarily for social purposes, usually with secret initiation and rites and a name composed of two or three Greek letters.
  2. a group of persons associated by or as if by ties of brotherhood.
  3. any group or class of persons having common purposes, interests, etc.: the medical fraternity.
  4. an organization of laymen for religious or charitable purposes; sodality.
  5. the quality of being brotherly; brotherhood: liberty, equality, and fraternity.
  6. the relation of a brother or between brothers.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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