Definitions for: Society


[n] an extended social group having a distinctive cultural and economic organization
[n] 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"
[n] the fashionable elite
[n] the state of being with someone; "he missed their company"; "he enjoyed the society of his friends"



Webster (1913) Definition: So*ci"e*ty, n.; pl. Societies. [L. societas, fr.
socius a companion: cf. F. soci['e]t['e]. See Social.]
1. The relationship of men to one another when associated in
any way; companionship; fellowship; company. ``Her loved
society.'' --Milton.

There is society where none intrudes By the deep
sea, and music in its roar. --Byron.

2. Connection; participation; partnership. [R.]

The meanest of the people and such as have the least
society with the acts and crimes of kings. --Jer.
Taylor.

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

Society of Jesus. See Jesuit.

Society verses [a translation of F. vers de soci['e]t['e]],
the lightest kind of lyrical poetry; verses for the
amusement of polite society.

Synonyms: beau monde, bon ton, club, companionship, company, fellowship, gild, guild, high society, lodge, order, smart set

See Also: association, athenaeum, atheneum, boat club, bookclub, chapter, chess club, civilisation, civilization, club member, country club, culture, elite, Four Hundred, frat, fraternity, freemasonry, friendly relationship, friendship, glee club, golf club, hunt, hunt club, investors club, jockey club, racket club, rowing club, secret society, sector, service club, slate club, social group, social organisation, social organization, social structure, social system, sorority, structure, tribal society, turnverein, yacht club

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