Definition of society
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 anotherb : 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 societyb : 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 associationb : 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
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.
Recent Examples of society from the Web
For more information, contact the society at 860-529-7656.
In recent years, however, Ali noted, hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan (the SPLC currently counts 54 such groups) existed for the most part at the outskirts of society.
But growing popularity does not mean it's been 100 percent accepted in society, Martinez said.
The Gordons both believed that education was key to improving the lives of young people and society, and Lucinda Gordon could often be found petitioning Milwaukee Public Schools for more resources.
HBO SHARE 1 of 10 Benioff and Weiss claim to have seen no other possible outcome for a character stranded in a marriage to a psychopath, in a skewed version of feudal society.
Researchers previously believed religion and complex society emerged after the development of agriculture.
In your society, people are always insisting on individualism.
In a patriarchal society, penises are associated with power.
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Definition of society
: of, relating to, or typical of fashionable society
First Known Use of society
SOCIETY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of society for Students
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.
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
societal\-sī-ət-əl\ play adjective
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