1. a party of people assembled to promote sociability and communal activity;
[syn: sociable, social, mixer]
1. relating to human society and its members;
- Example: "social institutions"
- Example: "societal evolution"
- Example: "societal forces"
- Example: "social legislation"
[syn: social, societal]
2. living together or enjoying life in communities or organized groups;
- Example: "a human being is a social animal"
- Example: "mature social behavior"
3. relating to or belonging to or characteristic of high society;
- Example: "made fun of her being so social and high-toned"
- Example: "a social gossip colum"
- Example: "the society page"
4. composed of sociable people or formed for the purpose of sociability;
- Example: "a purely social club"
- Example: "the church has a large social hall"
- Example: "a social director"
5. tending to move or live together in groups or colonies of the same kind;
- Example: "ants are social insects"
6. marked by friendly companionship with others;
- Example: "a social cup of coffee"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Social \So"cial\, a. [L. socialis, from socius a companion; akin to sequi to follow: cf. F. social. See Sue to follow.] 1. Of or pertaining to society; relating to men living in society, or to the public as an aggregate body; as, social interest or concerns; social pleasure; social benefits; social happiness; social duties. "Social phenomena." --J. S. Mill. [1913 Webster] 2. Ready or disposed to mix in friendly converse; companionable; sociable; as, a social person. [1913 Webster] 3. Consisting in union or mutual intercourse. [1913 Webster] Best with thyself accompanied, seek'st not Social communication. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 4. (Bot.) Naturally growing in groups or masses; -- said of many individual plants of the same species. [1913 Webster] 5. (Zool.) (a) Living in communities consisting of males, females, and neuters, as do ants and most bees. (b) Forming compound groups or colonies by budding from basal processes or stolons; as, the social ascidians. [1913 Webster] Social science, the science of all that relates to the social condition, the relations and institutions which are involved in man's existence and his well-being as a member of an organized community; sociology. It concerns itself with questions of the public health, education, labor, punishment of crime, reformation of criminals, and the like. Social whale (Zool.), the blackfish. The social evil, prostitution. [1913 Webster] Syn: Sociable; companionable; conversible; friendly; familiar; communicative; convival; festive. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
73 Moby Thesaurus words for "social": affable, affair, amiable, amusing, associated, associational, at home, civic, civil, clubbable, clubbish, clubby, coalitional, collective, collectivistic, common, communal, communicative, communistic, community, commutual, companionable, companionate, compatible, congenial, conjoint, convivial, cooperative, cordial, cosmopolitan, courteous, entertaining, fit for society, fond of society, friendly, gathering, general, genial, get-together, gracious, gregarious, group, hospitable, in common, international, joint, levee, matinee, mutual, national, organizational, pleasant, pleasurable, popular, public, reception, reciprocal, reunion, salon, sexual, sociable, social affair, social gathering, social-minded, socialistic, societal, society, soiree, state, supranational, urbane, venereal, wake