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Meaning of FRATERNAL

Pronunciation:  fru'turnl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  like or characteristic of or befitting a brother; "brotherly feelings"; "close fraternal ties"
  2. [adj]  (of twins) derived from two separate fertilized ova; "fraternal twins are biovular"
  3. [adj]  of or relating to a fraternity or society of usually men; "a fraternal order"

FRATERNAL is a 9 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: biovular, brotherlike, brotherly
 Antonyms: identical, monovular, sisterlike, sisterly, sororal



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Fra*ter"nal\, a.[F. fraternel, LL. fraternalis, fr.
L. fraternus, fr. frater brother. See {Brother}.]
Pf, pertaining to, or involving, brethren; becoming to
brothers; brotherly; as, fraternal affection; a fraternal
embrace. -- {Fra*ter"nal*ly}, adv.

      An abhorred, a cursed, a fraternal war.  --Milton.

      Fraternal love and friendship.           --Addison.

Thesaurus Terms
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