Definition of sorority in US English:



North American
  • A society for female students in a university or college, typically for social purposes.

    • ‘The university's history emerges through photographs of buildings, students, sororities, and athletics.’
    • ‘Angela speaks and conducts workshops for campus events, sororities, high schools and government agencies.’
    • ‘Fraternities and sororities are a pretty big deal here.’
    • ‘If you are not the president of your sorority or some other campus organization, you may feel it's difficult to relate your leadership skills.’
    • ‘Locally, businesses and Iowa State University fraternities and sororities also contributed.’
    • ‘After only a few legal wounds, schools sought methods to put the responsibility for drinking or drug use on the backs of students and fraternities and sororities.’
    • ‘It seems the awful practice of hazing is not just limited to college sororities and fraternities.’
    • ‘In turn, the university lifted an interim suspension that prohibited the sorority from holding any social functions.’
    • ‘He had married his wife from his sister sorority and was a retired government worker, she a retired professor at Georgetown University.’
    • ‘Black fraternities and sororities are also a part of this heritage.’
    • ‘These would include junior Leagues, sororities, fraternities, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and countless others.’
    • ‘If you've ever thought of joining a sorority once in college, do your research first.’
    • ‘Other efforts to help students utilize their time and decrease their stress are offered through the university recreation center and individual sororities and fraternities.’
    • ‘Drinking rates tend to be highest among incoming freshmen, male students, members of fraternities and sororities, and athletes, according to the Task Force.’
    • ‘By 1904, five fraternities and five sororities had been established on campus; dozens more were just on the horizon.’
    • ‘Students who lived on campus and were involved in fraternities, sororities or extracurricular activities were less likely to drop out of college.’
    • ‘These activities also can inspire synergy rather than competition, which is exactly why fraternities and sororities engage in group bonding rituals, she added.’
    • ‘Consider student clubs or professional organizations, fraternities and sororities, community service groups, and special interest organizations.’
    • ‘Anyone who has been a member of a sorority or fraternity will be acquainted with some of the letter names.’
    • ‘Environment may refer to home, school, church social outlets and formal memberships such as sororities and clubs.’
    group, gang, mob, pack, troop, troupe, company, party, bevy, crew, body, working party, posse
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Mid 16th century: from medieval Latin sororitas, or from Latin soror ‘sister’ (on the pattern of fraternity).