[soh-shuh l]



a social gathering or party, especially of or as given by an organized group: a church social.
Digital Technology. social media: photos posted to social.

Nearby words

  1. socceroos,
  2. soche,
  3. sochi,
  4. sociability,
  5. sociable,
  6. social accounting,
  7. social action,
  8. social and liberal democratic party,
  9. social assistance,
  10. social bee

Origin of social

1555–65; < Latin sociālis, equivalent to soci(us) partner, comrade + -ālis -al1

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Examples from the Web for socially

British Dictionary definitions for socially



living or preferring to live in a community rather than alone
denoting or relating to human society or any of its subdivisions
of, relating to, or characteristic of the experience, behaviour, and interaction of persons forming groups
relating to or having the purpose of promoting companionship, communal activities, etca social club
relating to or engaged in social servicesa social worker
relating to or considered appropriate to a certain class of society, esp one thought superior
(esp of certain species of insects) living together in organized coloniessocial bees Compare solitary (def. 6)
(of plant species) growing in clumps, usually over a wide area


an informal gathering, esp of an organized group, to promote companionship, communal activity, etc
Derived Formssocially, adverbsocialness, noun

Word Origin for social

C16: from Latin sociālis companionable, from socius a comrade

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Word Origin and History for socially
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