noun, plural so·ci·e·ties.
Origin of society
Examples from the Web for society
“The institution of marraige [sic] is under attack in our society and it needs to be strengthened,” Bush wrote.
The sickness in her mind was a reflection of the sickness of her life, a sickness created by her family and her society.Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism|Arthur Chu|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The brother of a girl who made her debut in New Orleans society was shaking his fists in excitement.
Your letter highlights so many of the harsh realities trans people face, specifically in regard to how society rejects us.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen|Parker Molloy|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Society itself must be changed, right out from under our hopeless cases.
This condition of things probably affects politics and society more than the thoughtless suppose.Lost Leaders|Andrew Lang
These conservatives are not without value, but they can only exist in a fixed state of society.The Puddleford Papers,|H. H. Riley
They are to be admitted to the society of Captain Wharton, who waits only for their testimony to be tried.The Spy|J. Fenimore Cooper
But these conditions, as I have shown, produce a conscience, the representative of society in the consciousness of the individual.Morals and the Evolution of Man|Max Simon Nordau
Caroline and Beatrix had no lack of society, seated in their saddles outside.Abington Abbey|Archibald Marshall
British Dictionary definitions for society
noun plural -ties
- the privileged class of people in a community, esp as considered superior or fashionable
- (as modifier)a society woman
Word Origin for society
Word Origin and History for society
1530s, "companionship, friendly association with others," from Old French societe "company" (12c., Modern French société), from Latin societatem (nominative societas) "fellowship, association, alliance, union, community," from socius "companion" (see social (adj.)).
Meaning "group, club" is from 1540s, originally of associations of persons for some specific purpose. Meaning "people bound by neighborhood and intercourse aware of living together in an ordered community" is from 1630s. Sense of "the more cultivated part of any community" first recorded 1823, hence "fashionable people and their doings." The Society Islands were named 1769 by Cook on his third Pacific voyage in honor of the Royal Society, which financed his travels across the world to observe the transit of Venus.
Idioms and Phrases with society
see under mutual admiration society.