a connection of people united in a standard purpose or profession.
several individuals with a standard interest.
A fraternity or brotherhood.
A society or human body of men united for many purpose, or in some career; a brotherhood.
A brotherhood; a society or human anatomy of men united for some function or perhaps in some career; specifically, into the Roman Catholic Church, a lay brotherhood specialized in some certain religious or altruistic solution: as (in the centre ages), the confraternity of bridge-builders. The phrase happens to be similarly found in the Anglican and Protestant Episcopal churches. Also referred to as sodality.