Confraternity



[kon-fruh-tur-ni-tee] /ˌkɒn frəˈtɜr nɪ ti/

noun, plural confraternities.
1.
a lay brotherhood devoted to some purpose, especially to religious or charitable service.
2.
a society or organization, especially of men, united for some purpose or in some profession.
/ˌkɒnfrəˈtɜːnɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
a group of men united for some particular purpose, esp Christian laymen organized for religious or charitable service; brotherhood
n.

late 15c., from Old French confraternité (14c.), from Medieval Latin confraternitas, from confrater (see confrere).

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