social

adjective
so·​cial | \ ˈsō-shəl How to pronounce social (audio) \

Definition of social

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : involving allies or confederates the Social War between the Athenians and their allies
2a : marked by or passed in pleasant companionship with friends or associates an active social life
b : sociable
c : of, relating to, or designed for sociability a social club
3 : of or relating to human society, the interaction of the individual and the group, or the welfare of human beings as members of society social institutions
4a : tending to form cooperative and interdependent relationships with others Infants can become social beings only through interaction with others.— Gerald R. Leslie and Sheila K. Korman
b : living and breeding in more or less organized communities especially for the purposes of cooperation and mutual benefit : not solitary Of the canid family, the wolf is one of the most social species, since it is a pack hunter.— Michael W. Fox The evolutionary theory of kin selection requires that social animals recognize their relatives so that altruistic behavior can be displayed preferentially toward kin.Science — see also social insect
c of a plant : tending to grow in groups or masses so as to form a pure stand
5a : of, relating to, or based on rank or status in a particular society a member of our social set
b : of, relating to, or characteristic of the upper classes
c : formal
6 : being such in social situations a social drinker

social

noun

Definition of social (Entry 2 of 2)

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Examples of social in a Sentence

Adjective

She has poor social skills. The vacation resort held a lot of social events. I joined the club to improve my social life. Her sister is much more social than she is. social institutions like marriage and family Health care is a major social issue. Child abuse has become a serious social problem. Martin Luther King, Jr., fought for social change. Most humans are social beings.

Noun

The club has socials every month. He's living on the social now.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The documentary weaves in the voices of educators and fellow experts such as law professor Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw who provide context about educational equity, gender equality and social justice. Donna M. Owens, Essence, "Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley Tackles The ‘PUSHOUT’ Of Black Girls At School," 17 Sep. 2019 From bottles to boil kettles to vibrating football games to oral histories, American brewing history is a series of stories that are economic, social, cultural and gastronomic alike. Theresa Mcculla, Smithsonian, "Here’s What’s Brewing in the New Smithsonian Beer Collections," 16 Sep. 2019 The Latino electorate is younger, more numerous, and more diverse than ever before, with largely progressive views on health-care and social-justice issues. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, "The Fight for the Latino Vote in Florida," 16 Sep. 2019 In recent years, Glanville noted, athletes have grown increasingly vocal about political and social issues, including criminal justice, police misconduct, LGBTQ rights, gender pay equity and more. Alex Putterman, courant.com, "Former MLB player, writer Doug Glanville to teach sports and society course at UConn," 13 Sep. 2019 The idea for their Fall 2019 collection was inspired by the brand’s mission: to use clothing as a platform for social justice and awareness. Kristen Bateman, Teen Vogue, "Refuse Club Is the Chinese Designer Duo Using Social Media to Make Statements About Censorship and #MeToo," 13 Sep. 2019 Elections for parliament, scheduled for October, will do more to shape economic and social policy. The Economist, "Tunisia’s election features fed-up voters and bizarre candidates," 12 Sep. 2019 But using that free expression to trivialize the Holocaust for the sake of political, social or artistic ends is still deeply offensive and inappropriate. Sam Sokol, sun-sentinel.com, "Burning Man festival features Holocaust camp-themed Barbie exhibit," 10 Sep. 2019 The conflict is economic and social, racial, and cultural. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Harm-Reduction Beats Drug War as a Response to Addiction," 6 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The company is flexible around work hours and work style and hosts Bagel Wednesdays, catered lunches, ice cream socials, pot lucks and free soft drinks and snacks. 2. Leigh Farr, azcentral, "Small Company Rankings," 13 June 2019 Amenities: Jump pillow, family movie nights, ice cream socials, gem mine, two heated pools, catch and release fishing pond, pedal cart track, basketball court, horseshoes, bag toss, volleyball, wifi and showers. Laura Johnston, cleveland.com, "10 spots to camp on Lake Erie’s Ohio shores," 10 Sep. 2019 Expect keynote speeches and talks, workshops and weekend socials, design community events, and a series of site-specific installations at the museum and other places in the city. Donna Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s a look at the big shows coming to Anchorage this fall and winter," 5 Sep. 2019 DJs provide the infectious sounds of salsa, merengue and bachata for the final salsa social of the season on Pratt Street in downtown Hartford on Sept. 6. Cindy S. Kuse, courant.com, "Best bets: 7 things to do this weekend," 1 Sep. 2019 Jennifer Cirincione, vice president of the Friends of Westlake Porter Public Library, said the purpose of the ice cream social has always been to bring the community together. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Westlake library holds popular, annual ice cream sundae social; more than 1,200 ice cream sundaes served," 5 Aug. 2019 The club also offers educational workshops, tastings, socials and trips. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "North Coast Wine Club opens tasting room in Solon," 19 July 2019 Members of the Pompano Beach Tennis Center got into the patriotic spirit with a July Fourth tennis social that celebrated the holiday with a round-robin morning tournament. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Pompano Beach Tennis Center enjoys Wimbledon Tennis Social," 11 July 2019 Neighborhoods can participate from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, by hosting block parties, parades, ice cream socials and more. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville News Digest," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of social

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for social

Adjective

Middle English, from Latin socialis, from socius companion, ally, associate; akin to Old English secg man, companion, Latin sequi to follow — more at sue

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social

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of social

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to or involving activities in which people spend time talking to each other or doing enjoyable things with each other
: liking to be with and talk to people : happy to be with people
: of or relating to people or society in general

social

noun

English Language Learners Definition of social (Entry 2 of 2)

: an informal social event for members of a group

social

adjective
so·​cial | \ ˈsō-shəl How to pronounce social (audio) \

Kids Definition of social

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : enjoying other people : sociable a social person
2 : relating to interaction with other people especially for pleasure a busy social life
3 : of or relating to human beings as a group Marriage and family are social institutions.
4 : living naturally in groups or communities Bees are social insects.
5 : relating to or based on rank in a particular society social classes

Other Words from social

socially adverb socially active

social

noun

Kids Definition of social (Entry 2 of 2)

: a friendly gathering usually for a special reason

social

adjective
so·​cial | \ ˈsō-shəl How to pronounce social (audio) \

Medical Definition of social

1a : tending to form cooperative and interdependent relationships with others of one's kind
b : living and breeding in more or less organized communities social insects
2 : of or relating to human society, the interaction of the individual and the group, or the welfare of human beings as members of society immature social behavior

Other Words from social

socially \ -​ē How to pronounce socially (audio) \ adverb

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