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noun so·ci·e·ty \sə-ˈsī-ə-tē\

Simple Definition of society

  • : people in general thought of as living together in organized communities with shared laws, traditions, and values

  • : the people of a particular country, area, time, etc., thought of especially as an organized community

  • : people who are fashionable and wealthy

Full Definition of society

plural so·ci·e·ties

  1. 1 :  companionship or association with one's fellows :  friendly or intimate intercourse :  company

  2. 2 :  a voluntary association of individuals for common ends; especially :  an organized group working together or periodically meeting because of common interests, beliefs, or profession

  3. 3a :  an enduring and cooperating social group whose members have developed organized patterns of relationships through interaction with one anotherb :  a community, nation, or broad grouping of people having common traditions, institutions, and collective activities and interests

  4. 4a :  a part of a community that is a unit distinguishable by particular aims or standards of living or conduct :  a social circle or a group of social circles having a clearly marked identity <literary society>b :  a part of the community that sets itself apart as a leisure class and that regards itself as the arbiter of fashion and manners

  5. 5a :  a natural group of plants usually of a single species or habit within an associationb :  the progeny of a pair of insects when constituting a social unit (as a hive of bees); broadly :  an interdependent system of organisms or biological units

Examples of society

  1. Poverty hurts society as a whole.

  2. We need to do more to help the poorer members of our society.

  3. the values of Western society

  4. She was introduced to society at a formal reception.

  5. The club's members are drawn from the ranks of high society.

Origin of society

Middle French societé, from Latin societat-, societas, from socius companion — more at social

First Known Use: 1531

Rhymes with society



adjective so·ci·e·ty

Definition of society

  1. :  of, relating to, or typical of fashionable society


First Known Use of society


SOCIETY Defined for Kids


noun so·ci·ety \sə-ˈsī-ə-tē\

Definition of society

plural so·ci·et·ies

  1. 1 :  a community or group of people having common traditions, institutions, and interests <medieval society> <western society>

  2. 2 :  all of the people of the world <Medical advances help society.>

  3. 3 :  a group of persons with a common interest, belief, or purpose <historical societies>

  4. 4 :  friendly association with others <He avoided the society of other painters.>

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