Fraternal can refer to:

*A fraternal benefit society is a non-profit, mutual aid organization that insures members and their families and maintains an active lodge system. Members of a fraternal benefit society come together as local volunteer groups that conduct activities to benefit members and their communities. In 2006, members delivered 93 million hours of volunteer service and the societies spent nearly $400 million on fraternal and charitable programs.
*A friendly society or fraternal organization.
*A term relating to an organization which consists mainly of men.
*In biology: Embryos derived from two separate fertilized ova; "fraternal twins are biovular"

ee also

* Fraternity (disambiguation)

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  • Fraternal — Fra*ter nal, a.[F. fraternel, LL. fraternalis, fr. L. fraternus, fr. frater brother. See {Brother}.] Of, pertaining to, or involving, brethren; becoming to brothers; brotherly; as, fraternal affection; a fraternal embrace. {Fra*ter nal*ly}, adv.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fraternal — adjetivo 1. (antepuesto / pospuesto) Que es propio de los hermanos: cariño fraternal, amor fraternal. Su fraternal abrazo me dio mucha confianza. Sinónimo: fraterno …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • fraternal — fraternál adj. m., pl. fraternáli; f. sg. fraternálă, pl. fraternále Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  FRATERNÁL, Ă I. adj. fratern. II. s. m …   Dicționar Român

  • fraternal — (De fraterno). adj. Propio de hermanos. Amor, caridad fraternal. ☛ V. corrección fraternal …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • fraternal — index akin (related by blood), close (intimate), consanguineous, harmonious, humane, interrelated, intimate …   Law dictionary

  • fraternal — (adj.) early 15c., from M.Fr. fraternel and directly from M.L. fraternalis, from L. fraternus “brotherly” (see FRATERNITY (Cf. fraternity)). The noun meaning fraternal twin is recorded by 1911 …   Etymology dictionary

  • fraternal — [frə tʉr′nəl] adj. [ME < ML fraternalis < L fraternus, brotherly < frater, BROTHER] 1. of or characteristic of a brother or brothers; brotherly 2. of or like a fraternal order or a fraternity 3. designating twins, of either the same or… …   English World dictionary

  • fraternal — adj. 2 g. 1. Próprio de irmão ou de irmã. 2.  [Figurado] Afetuoso; benévolo …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • fraternal — ► ADJECTIVE 1) of or like a brother; brotherly. 2) of or denoting a fraternity. 3) (of twins) developed from separate ova and therefore not identical. DERIVATIVES fraternalism noun fraternally adverb. ORIGIN Latin fraternalis, from frater bro …   English terms dictionary

  • fraternal — adjective a) Of brothers (fraternal twins) b) Related through a brother (fraternal nephew) Syn: brotherly Ant: sororal, paternal, maternal …   Wiktionary

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