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Meaning of society by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /səˈsaɪ.ə.ti/, SAMPA: /s@"saI.@.ti/


    From Old French societe ( French: société ) .


    society ( countable and uncountable; plural: societies )

    1. ( countable ) A long-standing group of people sharing cultural aspects such as language, dress, norms of behavior and artistic forms .
      This society has been known for centuries for its colorful clothing and tight-knit family structure .
    2. ( countable ) A group of people who meet from time to time to engage in a common interest; an association or organization
      It was then that they decided to found a society of didgeridoo-playing unicyclists .
    3. ( countable ) The sum total of all voluntary interrelations between individuals .
    4. ( uncountable ) The people of one’s country or community taken as a whole .
      It’s not for society to decide whether I can play the didgeridoo in my own home .
      He thinks that the fact that this child grew up to be a murderer is the fault of society .
    5. ( uncountable ) high society .
      Smith was first introduced into society at the Duchess of Grand Fenwick's annual rose garden party .
    6. ( law ) A number of people joined by mutual consent to deliberate, determine and act a common goal .


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Explanation of society by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. an extended social group having a distinctive cultural and economic organization

    2. a formal association of people with similar interests

    3. they formed a small lunch society
    4. the fashionable elite

    5. the state of being with someone

    6. he enjoyed the society of his friends

    Definition of society by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Society n.; pl. Societies [L. societas, fr. socius a companion: cf. F. société. See Social.]
      1. The relationship of men to one another when associated in any way; companionship; fellowship; company. “Her loved society.” Milton.

      There is society where none intrudes

      By the deep sea, and music in its roar. Byron.

      2. Connection; participation; partnership. [R.]

      The meanest of the people and such as have the least society with the acts and crimes of kings. Jer. Taylor.

      3. A number of persons associated for any temporary or permanent object; an association for mutual or joint usefulness, pleasure, or profit; a social union; a partnership; as, “a missionary society”.

      4. The persons, collectively considered, who live in any region or at any period; any community of individuals who are united together by a common bond of nearness or intercourse; those who recognize each other as associates, friends, and acquaintances.

      5. Specifically, the more cultivated portion of any community in its social relations and influences; those who mutually give receive formal entertainments.

      Society of Jesus. See Jesuit. -- Society verses [a translation of F. vers de société], the lightest kind of lyrical poetry; verses for the amusement of polite society.