[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.

Origin of social

1555–65; < Latin sociālis, equivalent to soci(us) partner, comrade + -ālis -al1
Related formsso·cial·ly, adverbso·cial·ness, nounhy·per·so·cial, adjectivehy·per·so·cial·ly, adverbin·ter·so·cial, adjectivenon·so·cial, adjectivenon·so·cial·ly, adverbnon·so·cial·ness, nouno·ver·so·cial, adjectiveo·ver·so·cial·ly, adverbpre·so·cial, adjectivepseu·do·so·cial, adjectivepseu·do·so·cial·ly, adverbun·so·cial, adjectiveun·so·cial·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for unsocial

Historical Examples of unsocial

  • And it was not from any unsocial habit that he fell into this restraint.


    Samuel T. Pickard

  • And besides, there are now and then with me unsocial moments when I fancy I like to be alone.

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

  • For the greater part of the time we remained as unsocial as the weather was unpleasant.

  • But, as other things improve, this unsocial feeling will dissolve.

  • The dissenter, who declined to pay church-rates, was an unsocial person.

    The Toilers of the Field

    Richard Jefferies

British Dictionary definitions for unsocial



not social; antisocial
(of the hours of work of certain jobs) falling outside the normal working day



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 unsocial



late 15c., "devoted to or relating to home life;" 1560s as "living with others," from Middle French social (14c.) and directly from Latin socialis "of companionship, of allies; united, living with others; of marriage, conjugal," from socius "companion, ally," probably originally "follower," from PIE *sokw-yo-, suffixed form of root *sekw- (1) "to follow," and thus related to sequi "to follow" (see sequel). Cf. Old English secg, Old Norse seggr "companion," which seem to have been formed on the same notion). Related: Socially.

Sense of "characterized by friendliness or geniality" is from 1660s. Meaning "living or liking to live with others; companionable, disposed to friendly intercourse" is from 1720s. Meaning "of or pertaining to society as a natural condition of human life" first attested 1695, in Locke. Sense of "pertaining to fashionable society" is from 1873.

Social climber is from 1893; social work is 1890; social worker 1904. Social drink(ing) first attested 1976. Social studies as an inclusive term for history, geography, economics, etc., is attested from 1916. Social security "system of state support for needy citizens" is attested from 1908. Social butterfly is from 1867, in figurative reference to "flitting."

Social contract (1849) ultimately is from Rousseau. Social Darwinism attested from 1887. Social engineering attested from 1899. Social science is from 1811. In late 19c. newspapers, social evil is "prostitution." Social justice is attested by 1718; social network by 1971; social networking by 1984.



"friendly gathering," 1870, from social (adj.). In late 17c. it meant "a companion, associate."

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