What does society mean?

Definitions for society
səˈsaɪ ɪ tiso·ci·ety

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. society(noun)

    an extended social group having a distinctive cultural and economic organization

  2. club, social club, society, guild, gild, lodge, order(noun)

    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, society(noun)

    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 ton(noun)

    the fashionable elite


  1. society(Noun)

    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.

    Etymology: From societé, from societas.

  2. society(Noun)

    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.

    Etymology: From societé, from societas.

  3. society(Noun)

    The sum total of all voluntary interrelations between individuals.

    Etymology: From societé, from societas.

  4. society(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From societé, from societas.

  5. society(Noun)

    High society.

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

    Etymology: From societé, from societas.

  6. society(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From societé, from societas.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Society(noun)

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

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

  2. Society(noun)

    connection; participation; partnership

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

  3. Society(noun)

    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

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

  4. Society(noun)

    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

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

  5. Society(noun)

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

    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

How to pronounce society?

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How to say society in sign language?

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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. Sara Hart Weir:

    NDSS strongly condemns the use of the ‘r word,' as the leading human rights organization for all people with Down syndrome, we maintain a zero tolerance policy for this type of mockery and offense. All people with Down syndrome are valued members of society and deserve to be treated with the upmost dignity and respect.

  2. The Facebook CEO:

    We're fortunate enough to be able to work productively from home, software engineers can do that, i don't know how long this will take for society to reopen, but I would imagine that we would be among the last back to the offices in order to make sure that others can get back first.

  3. Karl Marx:

    In bourgeois society capital is independent and has individuality, while the living person is dependent and has no individuality.

  4. Kazue Muta:

    Under such circumstances, changing society's recognition of sexual violence is not an easy thing to do, however, we must say these things loudly and boldly.

  5. Hadi Ghaemi:

    This is an innovative idea and I believe it will lead to many other creative apps which will address the gap between society and government in Iran.

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