Definition of


  1. (noun, group) an extended social group having a distinctive cultural and economic organization
  2. (noun, group) a formal association of people with similar interests
    they formed a small lunch society
    men from the fraternal order will staff the soup kitchen today
  3. (noun, state) the state of being with someone
    he enjoyed the society of his friends
  4. (noun, group) the fashionable elite

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Origin of the word Society

  1. 1531, "friendly association with others," from O.Fr. societe, from L. societatem (nom. societas), from socius "companion" (see social). Meaning "group of people living together in an ordered community" is from 1639. Sense of "fashionable people and their doings" is first recorded 1823. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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