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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Twitter is an unprecedented platform that gives individuals a voice on a global scale, shaping conversations of our society near and far. Will Knight, Wired, "If Done Right, AI Could Make Policing Fairer," 25 June 2020 Her case deepens the current calls for justice and the need to keep fighting to transform our society. Natallie St. Onge, USA TODAY, "Chrystul Kizer, charged with killing her suspected sex trafficker, released from jail after groups raise $400,000 bail," 24 June 2020 Her case deepens the current calls for justice and the need to keep fighting to transform our society. Natallie St. Onge, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chrystul Kizer, charged with killing her suspected sex trafficker, released from jail after groups raise $400,000 bail," 22 June 2020 This expression of power, focused on accountability and transparency, emboldens people to band together and to focus our collective attention—and keep it there—on an issue that has long been overlooked in our society. Alain Sylvain, Quartz at Work, "Collective action is our new power language. How will leaders respond?," 19 June 2020 The need for change in our society should be obvious. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "For all the baseball sins committed in Arlington, the name ‘Rangers’ feels like a minor one," 19 June 2020 Citizens are donating food to the homeless, but the government needs to do more to care for them and to effectively address the inequity that has long plagued our society. National Geographic, "A look inside Thailand, which prevented coronavirus from gaining a foothold," 18 June 2020 Those who care for our loved ones, stock our shelves and deliver our packages have kept our society going. Sherrod Brown, WSJ, "A Message to America’s Corporate Executives," 18 June 2020 Several years ago, Don and Shirley Grispino approached the City with an idea to honor all policeman and their contributions to our society. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "Brecksville police officers are honored with blue ribbons: Talk of the Towns," 18 June 2020

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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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1 Jul 2020

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“Society.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/society. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for society

society

noun
How to pronounce society (audio)

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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