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 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 associationb : the progeny of a pair of insects when constituting a social unit (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.
Origin and Etymology of society
Medieval French societé, from Latin societat-, societas, from socius companion — more at social
First Known Use: circa 1513
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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