What does social mean?

Definitions for socialˈsoʊ ʃəl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word social.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sociable, social, mixer(adj)

    a party of people assembled to promote sociability and communal activity

  2. social, societal(adj)

    relating to human society and its members

    "social institutions"; "societal evolution"; "societal forces"; "social legislation"

  3. social(adj)

    living together or enjoying life in communities or organized groups

    "a human being is a social animal"; "mature social behavior"

  4. social(adj)

    relating to or belonging to or characteristic of high society

    "made fun of her being so social and high-toned"; "a social gossip colum"; "the society page"

  5. social(adj)

    composed of sociable people or formed for the purpose of sociability

    "a purely social club"; "the church has a large social hall"; "a social director"

  6. social(adj)

    tending to move or live together in groups or colonies of the same kind

    "ants are social insects"

  7. social(adj)

    marked by friendly companionship with others

    "a social cup of coffee"


  1. social(Noun)

    A festive gathering to foster introductions.

    They organized a social at the dance club to get people to know each other.

  2. social(Noun)

    A dance held to raise money for a couple to be married.

  3. social(Noun)

    Short for social security benefit, the UK government department responsible for administering such welfare benefit for its employees.

    Fred hated going down to the social to sign on.

  4. social(Noun)

    Short for social security number.

    What's your social?

  5. social(Adjective)

    Being extroverted or outgoing.

    James is a very social guy, he knows lots of people.

  6. social(Adjective)

    Of or relating to society.

  7. social(Adjective)

    Relating to social media or social networks.

  8. social(Adjective)

    Relating to a nation's allies (cf. the Social War)

  9. Origin: From social, from socialis, from socius, from sequor.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Social(adj)

    of or pertaining to society; relating to men living in society, or to the public as an aggregate body; as, social interest or concerns; social pleasure; social benefits; social happiness; social duties

  2. Social(adj)

    ready or disposed to mix in friendly converse; companionable; sociable; as, a social person

  3. Social(adj)

    consisting in union or mutual intercourse

  4. Social(adj)

    naturally growing in groups or masses; -- said of many individual plants of the same species

  5. Social(adj)

    living in communities consisting of males, females, and neuters, as do ants and most bees

  6. Social(adj)

    forming compound groups or colonies by budding from basal processes or stolons; as, the social ascidians


  1. Social

    The term social refers to a characteristic of living organisms as applied to populations of humans and other animals. It always refers to the interaction of organisms with other organisms and to their collective co-existence, irrespective of whether they are aware of it or not, and irrespective of whether the interaction is voluntary or involuntary.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'social' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #182

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'social' in Written Corpus Frequency: #716

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'social' in Adjectives Frequency: #11


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of social in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of social in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Larry Levesque:

    In our quest to become more social, and intelligent, Are we, human kind becoming socially inept due to our own technology. Is our technology making the world smaller? … or driving us from social interaction?”

  2. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders:

    There has been no United States senator who has been stronger on senior issues, not only on defending Social Security, but on the need to expand Social Security benefits. People can't make it on $12,000 to $13,000 in Social Security benefits.

  3. Bob Graham of Florida:

    Social Security is not just a concept to me, i know why it exists. Fifty percent of today's seniors would be in poverty without a Social Security check. I promise you, if you make me your president, I will save Social Security because I know why it exists.

  4. Pope Pius XI:

    It violates right order whenever capital so employees the working or wage-earning classes as to divert business and economic activity entirely to its own arbitrary will and advantage without, the social character of economic life, social justice, and the common good.

  5. Viirj Kan:

    We wanted to examine more tangible ways of representing ourselves in social media, while what you wear is very public, social media is able to show who you are to thousands more people and this creates really big social consequences but it often doesn't feel that way.

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