society

noun
so·​ci·​e·​ty | \ sə-ˈsī-ə-tē How to pronounce society (audio) \
plural societies

Definition of society

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : companionship or association with one's fellows : friendly or intimate intercourse : company
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
3a : an enduring and cooperating social group whose members have developed organized patterns of relationships through interaction with one another
b : a community, nation, or broad grouping of people having common traditions, institutions, and collective activities and interests
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
5a : a natural group of plants usually of a single species or habit within an association
b : the progeny of a pair of insects when constituting a social unit (such as a hive of bees) broadly : an interdependent system of organisms or biological units

society

adjective

Definition of society (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or typical of fashionable society

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Examples of society in a Sentence

Noun

Poverty hurts society as a whole. We need to do more to help the poorer members of our society. the values of Western society She was introduced to society at a formal reception. The club's members are drawn from the ranks of high society.
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Civil-society groups say they are being threatened as viciously as ever. The Economist, "Even in death, Robert Mugabe worries his successor," 14 Sep. 2019 The focus on Sandarmokh does not seem like a coincidence to Slabunova and civil society groups such as Memorial, which was the main driver of the creation of the site back in 1997. Will Englund, Washington Post, "This Russian forest symbolized Stalin’s brutality. Now some wonder whether the Finns should share the blame.," 14 Sep. 2019 The couple met through longtime Dallas Morning News society columnist Alan Peppard, who died this past June. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Visiting sculptor donates prize money to San Diego’s homeless," 13 Sep. 2019 Lucky Dog Animal Rescue is also in touch with staff at a local humane society shelter for animals in the Grand Bahamas, Horowitz said. Dana Hedgpeth, chicagotribune.com, "21 dogs rescued from South Carolina as Hurricane Dorian comes closer," 13 Sep. 2019 Image The China Press reopened after the war, and Mr. Chang was hired back as its city editor and society columnist. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "William Y. Chang, Whose Newspaper Spoke to Chinatown in English, Dies at 103," 12 Sep. 2019 Catherine Bigelow is The San Francisco Chronicle’s society correspondent. Catherine Bigelow, SFChronicle.com, "Symphony & Opera galas pull out all the stops with over-the-top spectacle," 9 Sep. 2019 There are a lot of rules and expectations that society places on us. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "How This Harvard Grad Found a Job in the Natural Cheese Business at Kraft Heinz," 5 Sep. 2019 Academics are also helping out, such as the Security Planner tool created by Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, which helps civil society groups and researchers protect their data. Scott Shackelford, The Conversation, "In a world of cyber threats, the push for cyber peace is growing," 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of society

Noun

circa 1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1693, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for society

Noun

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

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The first known use of society was circa 1513

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society

noun

English Language Learners 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

society

noun
so·​ci·​ety | \ sə-ˈsī-ə-tē How to pronounce society (audio) \
plural societies

Kids Definition of society

1 : a community or group of people having common traditions, institutions, and interests medieval society western society
2 : all of the people of the world Medical advances help society.
3 : a group of persons with a common interest, belief, or purpose historical societies
4 : friendly association with others He avoided the society of other painters.

society

noun
so·​ci·​e·​ty | \ sə-ˈsī-ə-tē How to pronounce society (audio) \
plural societies

Legal Definition of society

1 : the benefits of love, care, affection, and companionship that family members receive from each other sought damages for loss of society from his wife's wrongful death — compare consortium
2 : a voluntary association of individuals dedicated to common ends a conservation society
3 : a community, nation, or broad grouping of people having common traditions, institutions, and collective activities and interests

Other Words from society

societal \ -​sī-​ət-​ᵊl How to pronounce societal (audio) \ adjective

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