1. an extended social group having a distinctive cultural and economic organization;
2. a formal association of people with similar interests;
- Example: "he joined a golf club"
- Example: "they formed a small lunch society"
- Example: "men from the fraternal order will staff the soup kitchen today"
[syn: club, social club, society, guild, gild, lodge, order]
3. the state of being with someone;
- Example: "he missed their company"
- Example: "he enjoyed the society of his friends"
[syn: company, companionship, fellowship, society]
4. the fashionable elite;
[syn: society, high society, beau monde, smart set, bon ton]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Society \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. [1913 Webster] There is society where none intrudes By the deep sea, and music in its roar. --Byron. [1913 Webster] 2. Connection; participation; partnership. [R.] [1913 Webster] The meanest of the people and such as have the least society with the acts and crimes of kings. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 5. Specifically, the more cultivated portion of any community in its social relations and influences; those who mutually give receive formal entertainments. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
society n 1: an extended social group having a distinctive cultural and economic organization 2: 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" [syn: club, social club, society, guild, gild, lodge, order] 3: the state of being with someone; "he missed their company"; "he enjoyed the society of his friends" [syn: company, companionship, fellowship, society] 4: the fashionable elite [syn: society, high society, beau monde, smart set, bon ton]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
242 Moby Thesaurus words for "society": Bund, Everyman, John Doe, Public, Rochdale cooperative, Vanity Fair, academy, acculturation, affiliation, alliance, ashram, assemblage, assembly, association, associational, axis, band, bash, beau monde, beautiful people, belt, best people, biff, bloc, body, body politic, bop, box, branch, brethren, brotherhood, buffet, bust, cafe society, camaraderie, carriage trade, caste, chop, church, churchgoers, circle, citizenry, civilization, clan, class, clout, club, coalition, coalitional, college, colony, combination, combine, common man, common market, commonwealth, communal, commune, communion, community, community at large, companionship, company, complex, confederacy, confederation, confraternity, confrerie, congregation, consociation, consortship, constituency, consumer cooperative, cooperation, cooperative, cooperative society, corps, council, country club, cream of society, credit union, cultural community, cultural drift, culture, culture area, culture center, culture complex, culture conflict, culture contact, culture pattern, culture trait, customs union, denomination, division, drawing room, dwellers, economic class, economic community, elite, endogamous group, estate, ethnic group, ethos, everybody, everyman, everyone, everywoman, extended family, faction, family, fashionable society, federation, fellowship, flock, fold, folk, folks, folkways, fraternal order, fraternity, fraternization, free trade area, friendship, gang, general public, gens, gentry, good society, group, grouping, guild, habitancy, haut monde, high life, high society, in-crowd, inhabitants, institute, intercourse, jet set, jeunesse doree, key trait, kinship group, laity, laymen, league, linguistic community, machine, mankind, masses, membership, men, minyan, mob, moiety, monde, mores, nation, nationality, nonclerics, nonordained persons, nuclear family, offshoot, order, organization, organizational, parish, parishioners, partaking, participation, partnership, party, paste, people, people at large, people in general, people of fashion, persons, persuasion, phratria, phratry, phyle, polite society, political machine, polity, populace, population, public, punch, race, religious order, right people, ring, salon, schism, school, secret society, sect, sectarism, seculars, segment, settlement, sharing, sheep, sisterhood, slap, smack, smart set, smash, sociable, social, social class, social register, societe, sock, sodality, sorority, speech community, state, stock, strain, subcaste, system, the Four Hundred, the public, thwack, totem, trait, trait-complex, union, upper classes, upper crust, uppercut, variety, version, way of life, welt, whack, whole people, world, world of fashion, you and meBouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
SOCIETY. A society is a number of persons united together by mutual consent, in order to deliberate, determine, and act jointly for some common purpose. 2. Societies are either incorporated and known to the law, or unincorporated, of which the law does not generally take notice. 3. By civil society is usually understood a state, (q.v.) a nation, (q.v.) or a body politic. (q.v.) Rutherf. Inst. c. 1 and 2. 4. In the civil law, by society is meant a partnership. Inst. 3, 26; Dig. 17, 2 Code, 4, 37.