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[suh-rawr-i-tee, -ror-] /səˈrɔr ɪ ti, -ˈrɒr-/
noun, plural sororities.
a society or club of women or girls, especially in a college.
Origin of sorority
1525-35; < Medieval Latin sorōritās, equivalent to Latin sorōr- (stem of soror) sister + -itās -ity Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sorority
  • Domestic service by a student for a local college club, fraternity or sorority.
  • They also asked fraternity, sorority and student government leaders to begin training students in cultural sensitivity.
  • Instead, let's focus on useful discourse from both sides sans the stereotyping more suited to a sorority rush party.
  • His obsession with a local sorority is also a mystery.
  • And the snubs of sorority sisters handing out their rush fliers.
  • Think only of the initiation into fraternity and sorority houses.
  • Two coeds discover a hot sorority house is hiding a sinister secret in this horror story.
  • So-called watchdogs now reside in fraternity and sorority houses.
  • Her singing career began when she formed a trio with two members of her sorority.
  • The word described a high-school or college outcast who was persecuted by the jocks, preps, frat boys and sorority sisters.
British Dictionary definitions for sorority


noun (pl) -ties
(mainly US) a social club or society for university women
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin sorōritās, from Latin soror sister
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Word Origin and History for sorority

1530s, "a society of women, body of women united for some purpose," from Medieval Latin sororitas "sisterhood, of or pertaining to sisters," from Latin soror "sister" (see sister). Sense of "women's society in a college or university" attested by 1887 (Alpha Delta Pi claims founding in 1851).

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