What does society mean?

Definitions for society
səˈsaɪ ɪ tiso·ci·ety

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. societynoun

    an extended social group having a distinctive cultural and economic organization

  2. club, social club, society, guild, gild, lodge, ordernoun

    a formal association of people with similar interests

    "he joined a golf club"; "they formed a small lunch society"; "men from the fraternal order will staff the soup kitchen today"

  3. company, companionship, fellowship, societynoun

    the state of being with someone

    "he missed their company"; "he enjoyed the society of his friends"

  4. society, high society, beau monde, smart set, bon tonnoun

    the fashionable elite


  1. societynoun

    A long-standing group of people sharing cultural aspects such as language, dress, norms of behavior and artistic forms.

    This society has been known for centuries for its colorful clothing and tight-knit family structure.

  2. societynoun

    A group of people who meet from time to time to engage in a common interest; an association or organization.

    It was then that they decided to found a society of didgeridoo-playing unicyclists.

  3. societynoun

    The sum total of all voluntary interrelations between individuals.

  4. societynoun

    The people of one's country or community taken as a whole.

  5. societynoun

    High society.

    Smith was first introduced into society at the Duchess of Grand Fenwick's annual rose garden party.

  6. societynoun

    A number of people joined by mutual consent to deliberate, determine and act toward a common goal.

  7. Etymology: From societé, from societas.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Societynoun

    the relationship of men to one another when associated in any way; companionship; fellowship; company

  2. Societynoun

    connection; participation; partnership

  3. Societynoun

    a number of persons associated for any temporary or permanent object; an association for mutual or joint usefulness, pleasure, or profit; a social union; a partnership; as, a missionary society

  4. Societynoun

    the persons, collectively considered, who live in any region or at any period; any community of individuals who are united together by a common bond of nearness or intercourse; those who recognize each other as associates, friends, and acquaintances

  5. Societynoun

    specifically, the more cultivated portion of any community in its social relations and influences; those who mutually give receive formal entertainments

  6. Etymology: [L. societas, fr. socius a companion: cf. F. socit. See Social.]


  1. Society

    A society, or a human society, is a group of people involved with each other through persistent relations, or a large social grouping sharing the same geographical or social territory, subject to the same political authority and dominant cultural expectations. Human societies are characterized by patterns of relationships between individuals who share a distinctive culture and institutions; a given society may be described as the sum total of such relationships among its constituent members. In the social sciences, a larger society often evinces stratification and/or dominance patterns in subgroups. Insofar as it is collaborative, a society can enable its members to benefit in ways that would not otherwise be possible on an individual basis; both individual and social benefits can thus be distinguished, or in many cases found to overlap. A society can also consist of like-minded people governed by their own norms and values within a dominant, larger society. This is sometimes referred to as a subculture, a term used extensively within criminology. More broadly, a society may be illustrated as an economic, social, or industrial infrastructure, made up of a varied collection of individuals. Members of a society may be from different ethnic groups. A society can be a particular ethnic group, such as the Saxons; a nation state, such as Bhutan; or a broader cultural group, such as a Western society. The word society may also refer to an organized voluntary association of people for religious, benevolent, cultural, scientific, political, patriotic, or other purposes. A "society" may even, though more by means of metaphor, refer to a social organism such as an ant colony or any cooperative aggregate such as, for example, in some formulations of artificial intelligence.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. society

    1. An erotic clique that reads _Vogue_, _Smart Set_ and _Town Topics_. 2. A congregation of people who are not persons. 3. A vast interchange of service through labor, ideas and commodities. 4. A relish for solitude.

Editors Contribution

  1. society

    The people of a specific area, community, locality, region, country, nation or planet as an intelligent being, consciousness and whole.

    Society has a duty of to provide an existence where everyone lives in harmony and balance and everything is shared and created for the optimum health, human rights and shared prosperity of all members of society.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 13, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'society' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #354

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'society' in Written Corpus Frequency: #889

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'society' in Nouns Frequency: #93

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of society in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of society in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of society in a Sentence

  1. Alan Barth:

    The notion that the church, the press, and the universities should serve the state is essentially a Communist notion. In a free society these institutions must be wholly free -- which is to say that their function is to serve as checks upon the state.

  2. Cynthia Renaud:

    2020 has just been a collision of so many pressing challenges, and law enforcement has been at the forefront of all of those trying to respond to it, trying to work and serve their communities, and also trying to be responsive to the change and the changes that our society has been so vocal that they want.

  3. Oliver Jones:

    Enzymes are non-toxic, biodegradable and can be produced in large amounts by microorganisms, there is strong potential to use enzyme technology to help with society's growing waste problem by breaking down some of the most commonly used plastics.

  4. Lawrence Yun:

    We are creating a divided society, people don't feel like they are participating in what they consider to be American life through homeownership. All their work to build up savings can feel less meaningful in the face of rising prices.

  5. Tencent Music:

    For the Chinese gaming industry, this is obviously exciting news, we are confident that after [ obtaining ] license approvals, we will provide more and more excellent cultural works for society and the public.

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    a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it
    • A. incumbent
    • B. appellative
    • C. contiguous
    • D. occlusive

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