Fraternize: get together and celebrate, share special moments

Xavier da Silva

Senior Member
Hello everyone,

I've been looking for a word to say this and I've found "fraternize" (= get together and celebrate, share special moments of happiness, etc). My question: Does "fraternize" sound natural/correct in the examples I made below?

a. At the end of every year, our family gets together and we fraternize during the end-of-year celebrations.
b. There's going to be some fraternizing at my job. It's the company's anniversary and they want to get everyone together and celebrate.

Thank you in advance!
 
  • JulianStuart

    Senior Member
    English (UK then US)
    No - it does not mean, on its own, to celebrate that way. The essence of the dictionary definition is

    to associate in a friendly way.


    That may sometimes lead to celebration and moments of happiness, but that's not how it is interpreted. A modern paraphrase might be "to fraternize with" ~ "to hang out with"
     

    Xavier da Silva

    Senior Member
    Thank you for your answer.

    Could I use the modern "hang out" in my O.P?

    a. At the end of every year, our family gets together and we hang out during the end-of-year celebrations.
    b. There's going to be some hanging out at my job. It's the company's anniversary and they want to get everyone together and celebrate.
    Thank you in advance!
     
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