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society

noun so·ci·e·ty \ sə-ˈsī-ə-tē \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of society

plural societies
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
3 a : 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
4 a : 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 a : 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

Examples of society in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of society

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


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society

adjective

Definition of society

: of, relating to, or typical of fashionable society

First Known Use of society

1693



SOCIETY Defined for English Language Learners

society

noun

Definition of society for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

society

noun so·ci·ety \ sə-ˈsī-ə-tē \

Definition of society for Students

plural societies
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.

Law Dictionary

society

noun so·ci·e·ty \ sə-ˈsī-ə-tē \

legal Definition of society

plural societies
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

societal

play \-sī-ət-ᵊl\ adjective


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