- The definition of society is anything relating to the fashionable or wealthy community.
An example of society is a party attended by socialites.
- Society is defined as a group of people living as a community or an organized group of people for a common purpose.
- An example of society is Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
- An example of society is the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.
- a group of persons regarded as forming a single community, esp. as forming a distinct social or economic class
- the system or condition of living together as a community in such a group: an agrarian society
- all people, collectively, regarded as constituting a community of related, interdependent individuals: a law for the good of society
- company or companionship: to seek another's society
- one's friends or associates
- any organized group of people joined together because of work, interests, etc. in common: a medical society
- a group of persons regarded or regarding itself as a dominant class, usually because of wealth, birth, education, etc.: her debut into society
- the conduct, standards, activities, etc. of this class
- a group of animals or plants living together in a single environment and regarded as constituting a homogeneous unit or entity
Origin of societyMiddle French société ; from Classical Latin societas ; from socius, companion: see social
of or characteristic of society (): the society page of a newspaper
- a. The totality of people regarded as forming a community of interdependent individuals: working for the benefit of society.b. A group of people broadly distinguished from other groups by mutual interests, participation in characteristic relationships, shared institutions, and a common culture: rural society; literary society.
- An organization or association of persons engaged in a common profession, activity, or interest: a folklore society; a society of bird watchers.
- The wealthy, socially dominant members of a community. Also called high society.
- Companionship; company: enjoys the society of friends and family members.
- Biology A colony or community of organisms, usually of the same species: an insect society.
Origin of societyFrench société, from Old French, from Latin societas, fellowship, from socius, companion; see sekw-1 in Indo-European roots.
activism the attitude of taking an active part in events, especially in a social context. —activist, n. anthropophobia an abnormal fear of people, especially in groups. aristocracy 1. government by the best people. 2. an upper class based on quality, nobility, etc. aristocraticism a dedication to aristocratie behavior. aristocratism the attitudes and actions of aristocrats. autocracy a society or nation ruled by a person with absolute authority. —autocrat, n. —autocratie, adj. beerocracy In England. the aristocracy that gained its wealth and social posi-tion from the ownership of breweries. chemocracy a Utopian society in which all foods and other material needs will be prepared by chemical processes. —chemocrat, n. chrysocracy an upper class based on wealth. Also chrysoaristocracy. civics the area of political science concerned with citizenship. confraternity a brotherhood, especially a group of men bound by a common goal or interest. cottonocracy that portion of the upper class whose wealth comes from the cotton trade. —cottonocrat, n. democratism a doctrine of or belief in social equality or the right of all people to participate equally in politics. do-goodism attitudes or actions of well-intentioned but sometimes ineffectual people, especially in the area of social reform. ecology the branch of sociology that studies the environmental spacing and interdependence of people and their institutions. —ecologist, oecologist, n. —ecologie, oecologic, ecological, oecological, adj. enculturation the process by which a person adapts to and assimilates the culture in which he lives. exclusionism the doctrine or practice of excluding certain groups or individuals from enjoyment of certain rights or privileges. —exclusionist, n. Fichteanism theories and beliefs of J. G. Fichte (1762-1814), German philosopher and social thinker, a precursor of socialism. — Fichtean, n., adj. foolocracy government or domination of society by fools. fractionalism the state of being nonhomogeneous or inharmonious. —fractionalization, n. fraternity a fellowship or association of men, as for a benevolent or charitable purpose or at a college. kakotopia a state in which the worst possible conditions exist in government, society, law. etc. See also utopia. landocracy a ruling class that owes its power to its possession of land. —landocrat, n. manorialism 1. the system of manorial social and political organization, as in the Middle Ages. 2. its principles and practices. 3. Sometimes Pejorative. any small, strong unit of local political and social organization. matriarchate 1. a matriarchal form of government. 2. a family, tribe, or other social group ruled by a matriarch or matriarchs. —matriarchic, adj. mediocracy government or dominance of society by the médiocre. meritocracy a powerful class composed of people who have achieved position on the basis of their merit rather than by birth or privilege. —meritocrat, n. moneyocracy government or domination of society by the rich. oecology ecology. oiligarchy Facetious. a wealthy and dominant force in society whose wealth and power is based on control of oil. orthogenesis the sociological theory that all cultures or societies follow the same fixed course of determinate evolution. See also evolution. —orthogenetic, adj. pariahism the condition of being outcast from society. —pariahdom, n. parsonarchy the domination of a social group, especially a small rural com-munity, by the parson. parvenuism 1. behavior or attitudes typical of one who has recently acquired wealth or social position. 2. the state or quality of being a parvenu or upstart. —parvenu, n., adj. phratry 1. a subdivision of an ancient Greek tribe or phyle. 2. a clan or other unit of a primitive tribe. reclusion the state of living apart from society, like a hermit. —recluse, n. —reclusive, adj. seneschalship the rank, position or jurisdiction of a steward of a medieval prince or nobleman. snobocracy Facetious. snobs as a class in society. socialization the process of adapting to a social group; social intercourse or activity. sociocracy collective government or government by society as a whole. sociologism a theory asserted sociologistically. —sociologistic, adj. sociology 1. the science or study of the origin, development, organization, and functioning of human society. 2. the science of the fundamental laws of social relations, institutions, etc. —sociologist, n. —sociologie, sociological, adj. sociometry the measurement of social attitudes within a group by sampling expressions of social acceptance or rejection. —sociometrist, n. —sociometrie, adj. socionomy Rare. the study of the laws that govern the development of society. sodality a fellowship, brotherhood, or other association of a benevolent nature, especially in the Roman Catholic Church. —sodalist, n., adj. solidarism Sociology. a theory that the possibility of founding a social organization upon a solidarity of interests is to be found in the natural interde-pendence of members of a society. —solidarist, n. —solidaristic, adj. solidarity the feeling or expression of union in a group formed by a common interest. sorority a fellowship or association of women, as for a benevolent or charitable purpose or at a college. sorosis a woman’s club or society, named after a club of that name, founded in 1869. squirearchy In Britain. the squires or landed gentry as a class. syssitia the practice or custom, as among the ancient Spartans and Cretans, of eating the main meal of the day together in public to strengthen social and political bonds. telesis the harnessing of natural and social forces for a beneficial goal. totemism 1. the practice of having a natural object or animate being, as a bird or animal, as the emblem of a family, clan, or group. 2. the practice of regarding such a totem as mystically related to the family, clan, or group and therefore not to be hunted. 3. a system of tribal organization according to totems. —totemic, adj. welfarism the beliefs and policies associated with the welfare system.
(countable and uncountable, plural societies)
- (countable) 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.
- (countable) 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.
- (countable) The sum total of all voluntary interrelations between individuals.
- The gap between Western and Eastern societies seems to be narrowing.
- (uncountable) The people of one's country or community taken as a whole.
- Our global society develops in fits and starts.
- (uncountable) High society.
- Smith was first introduced into society at the Duchess of Grand Fenwick's annual rose garden party.
- (countable, law) A number of people joined by mutual consent to deliberate, determine and act toward a common goal.
From Old French societÃ©, from Latin societas.