social structure

[ soh-shuhl struhk-cher ]
/ ˈsoʊ ʃəl ˈstrʌk tʃər /

noun

Sociology.
  1. the system or complex of beliefs held by members of a social group.
  2. the system of relations between the constituent groups of a society.
  3. the relationship between or the interrelated arrangement of the social institutions of a society or culture, as of mores, marriage customs, or family.
  4. the pattern of relationships, as of status or friendship, existing among the members of a group or society.

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Origin of social structure

First recorded in 1825–35
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