[ suh-sahy-i-tee ]
/ səˈsaɪ ɪ ti /
noun, plural so·ci·e·ties.
an organized group of persons associated together for religious, benevolent, cultural, scientific, political, patriotic, or other purposes.
a body of individuals living as members of a community; community.
the body of human beings generally, associated or viewed as members of a community: the evolution of human society.
a highly structured system of human organization for large-scale community living that normally furnishes protection, continuity, security, and a national identity for its members: American society.
such a system characterized by its dominant economic class or form: middle-class society; industrial society.
those with whom one has companionship.
companionship; company: to enjoy the society of good friends.
the social life of wealthy, prominent, or fashionable persons.
the social class that comprises such persons.
the condition of those living in companionship with others, or in a community, rather than in isolation.
Biology. a closely integrated group of social organisms of the same species exhibiting division of labor.
Ecclesiastical. ecclesiastical society.
of, relating to, or characteristic of elegant society: a society photographer.
Words nearby society
Origin of society
1525–35; < Middle French societe < Latin societās, equivalent to soci(us) partner, comrade + -etās, variant of -itās- -ity
OTHER WORDS FROM society
so·ci·e·ty·less, adjectivein·ter·so·ci·e·ty, adjectivenon·so·ci·e·ty, noun, plural non·so·ci·e·ties.sub·so·ci·e·ty, noun, plural sub·so·ci·e·ties.
un·der·so·ci·e·ty, noun, plural un·der·so·ci·e·ties.
synonym study for society
1. See circle.
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British Dictionary definitions for sub-society
/ (səˈsaɪətɪ) /
noun plural -ties
the totality of social relationships among organized groups of human beings or animals
a system of human organizations generating distinctive cultural patterns and institutions and usually providing protection, security, continuity, and a national identity for its members
such a system with reference to its mode of social and economic organization or its dominant classmiddle-class society
those with whom one has companionship
an organized group of people associated for some specific purpose or on account of some common interesta learned society
- the privileged class of people in a community, esp as considered superior or fashionable
- (as modifier)a society woman
the social life and intercourse of such peopleto enter society as a debutante
companionship; the fact or state of being together with someone elseI enjoy her society
ecology a small community of plants within a larger association
Word Origin for society
C16: via Old French societé from Latin societās, from socius a comrade
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Idioms and Phrases with sub-society
see under mutual admiration society.
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