society

noun
so·​ci·​e·​ty | \sə-ˈsī-ə-tē \
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

Being a disabled black woman essentially makes me invisible to much of society. Ola Ojewumi, SELF, "I'm Celebrating My Disabled Black Girl Magic Because I'm Done Feeling Invisible," 7 Nov. 2018 Why not take a certain amount of their tremendous wealth and give it back to society in startups in all 50 states and take a couple states and sponsor them? Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why tech companies need to reinvent themselves every three to four years," 10 Oct. 2018 According to the society, plans to open the New York half are still being worked on. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "10 Miles Of Trails Open 7 Days A Week, 52 Weeks A Year. Sherman's Deer Pond Farm Makes Its Debut," 13 July 2018 Returned to society and interviewed by social services, they’re treated with genuine concern and touching compassion. Colin Covert, Detroit Free Press, "‘Leave No Trace’ is a moving father-daughter story," 12 July 2018 Returned to society and interviewed by social services, they’re treated with genuine concern and touching compassion. Colin Covert, kansascity, "‘Leave No Trace’ is a quietly moving story of family love," 12 July 2018 Unions are shifting strategy to demonstrate not only their value to their members, but to society at large, Bruno said. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz, chicagotribune.com, "Supreme Court's Janus ruling could undercut private-sector unions, too," 9 July 2018 The murder is what gave birth to the society in the first place: its generative event. Frank Wilson, Philly.com, "'Evolution of Desire': René Girard, a man in full," 6 July 2018 The skewed labour force affects the distribution of wealth between men and women, and thus their respective roles in society. The Economist, "Culture and the labour market keep India’s women at home," 5 July 2018

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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 \
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 \
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 \ adjective

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