Definition of confraternity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

confraternity

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌkɒnfrəˈtɜːnɪti//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːnfrəˈtɜːrnɪti//
 
(pl. confraternities)(formal)
 
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a group of people who join together especially for a religious purpose or to help other people Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French confraternite, from medieval Latin confraternitas, from confrater, from con- ‘together with’ + frater ‘brother’.
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