- The definition of social is someone or something that enjoys being with others or has to do with people living or gathering in groups.
- An example of social is children laughing and playing together.
- An example of social is people forming a community health clinic.
- Social means a party.
An example of social is having a group of friends over for ice cream.
These children and adults are engaged in a social activity.
- of or having to do with human beings living together as a group in a situation in which their dealings with one another affect their common welfare: social consciousness, social problems
- living in this way; gregarious: man as a social being
- of or having to do with the ranks or activities of society, specif. the more exclusive or fashionable of these: a social event
- getting along well with others; sociable: a social nature
- of, for, or involving friends, companionship, or sociability: a social club
- offering material aid, counseling services, group recreational activities, etc. to those who need it; of or engaged in welfare work: a social worker or agency
- living or associating in groups or communities: the ant is a social insect
- Now Rare of or between allies or confederates: a social war
- Bot. growing in clumps or masses
Origin of social; from French or L: French ; from Classical Latin socialis ; from socius, companion, akin to sequi, to follow ; from Indo-European base an unverified form sekw-, to follow from source Old English secg, man, warrior
- a. Of or relating to human society and its modes of organization: social classes; social problems; a social issue.b. Of or relating to rank and status in society: social standing.c. Of, relating to, or occupied with matters affecting human welfare: social programs.
- a. Interacting with other people and living in communities: Humans are social creatures.b. Biology Living together in organized groups or similar close aggregates: Ants are social insects.
- a. Inclined to seek out or enjoy the company of others; sociable: He's outgoing and very social.b. Spent in or marked by friendly relations or companionship: How has your social life been lately?c. Intended for convivial activities: a social club.
- Linguistics Of or relating to a variety of a language that is used by a group of people sharing some characteristic, such as ethnicity or income level, and differs in pronunciation, grammar, or vocabulary from the standard variety.
- An informal social gathering, as of the members of a church congregation.
- Informal A Social Security number.
Origin of socialMiddle English sociale, domestic, from Old French social, from Latin sociālis, of companionship, from socius, companion; see sekw-1 in Indo-European roots.
- A festive gathering to foster introductions.
- They organized a social at the dance club to get people to know each other.
- (Canadian Prairies) A dance held to raise money for a couple to be married.
- (UK, colloquial) Abbreviation of 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.
- (US, colloquial) Abbreviation of social security number.
- What's your social?
- (dated, Ireland) A dinner dance event, usually held annually by a company or sporting club.
(comparative more social, superlative most social)
- Being extroverted or outgoing.
- James is a very social guy; he knows lots of people.
- Of or relating to society.
- Teresa feels uncomfortable in certain social situations.
- Unemployment is a social problem.
- (Internet) Relating to social media or social networks.
- social gaming
- (rare) Relating to a nation's allies (cf. the Social War)
- (zoology) Cooperating in groups.
- a social insect
From Middle French social, from Latin sociÄlis (â€œof or belonging to a companion or companionship or association, socialâ€), from socius (â€œa companion, fellow, partner, associate, allyâ€), from sequor (â€œfollowâ€).