friendly society


: a mutual association for providing life and health insurance and old-age pension benefits to members

Word History

First Known Use

1684, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of friendly society was in 1684

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“Friendly society.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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