Definitions for socialˈsoʊ ʃəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

so•cialˈsoʊ ʃəl(adj.)

  1. pertaining to, devoted to, or characterized by friendly companionship or relations:

    a social club.

    Category: Sociology

  2. friendly or sociable, as persons or the disposition.

    Category: Sociology

  3. pertaining to, connected with, or suited to polite or fashionable society:

    a social event.

    Category: Sociology

  4. living or disposed to live in companionship with others or in a community, rather than in isolation.

    Category: Sociology

  5. of or pertaining to human society, esp. as a body divided into classes according to status.

    Category: Sociology

  6. of or pertaining to the life, welfare, and relations of human beings in a community.

    Category: Sociology

  7. Zool. living habitually together in communities, as bees or ants.

    Category: Zoology

    Ref: Compare solitary (def. 8). 8

  8. Bot. growing in patches or clumps.

    Category: Botany

  9. pertaining to or between allies or confederates, as a war.

    Category: Sociology

  10. (n.)a social gathering or party, esp. of or as given by an organized group:

    a church social.

Origin of social:

1555–65; < L sociālis=soci(us) partner, comrade +-ālis -al1

so′cial•ly(adv.)

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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. social(adjective)ˈsoʊ ʃəl

    relating to enjoyable activities done with others

    a calendar of social events

  2. socialˈsoʊ ʃəl

    time sb spends doing enjoyable things with others

    I don't have much of a social life.

  3. socialˈsoʊ ʃəl

    relating to society

    social policy; social trends/history

  4. socialˈsoʊ ʃəl

    relating to sb's place in society

    the family's social position/class/background

Wiktionary

  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

Freebase

  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


Translations for social

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

social(adjective)

concerning or belonging to the way of life and welfare of people in a community

social problems.

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