noun, plural societies.
an organized group of persons associated together for religious, benevolent, cultural, scientific, political, patriotic, or other purposes.
a body of individuals living as members of a community; community.
the body of human beings generally, associated or viewed as members of a community: the evolution of human society.
a highly structured system of human organization for large-scale community living that normally furnishes protection, continuity, security, and a national identity for its members: American society.
such a system characterized by its dominant economic class or form: middle-class society; industrial society.
those with whom one has companionship.
companionship; company: to enjoy one's society.
the social life of wealthy, prominent, or fashionable persons.
the social class that comprises such persons.
the condition of those living in companionship with others, or in a community, rather than in isolation.
Biology. a closely integrated group of social organisms of the same species exhibiting division of labor.
Ecclesiastical. an ecclesiastical society.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of elegant society: a society photographer.

1525–35; < Middle French societe < Latin societās, equivalent to soci(us) partner, comrade + -etās, variant of -itās- -ity

societyless, adjective
intersociety, adjective
nonsociety, noun, plural nonsocieties.
subsociety, noun, plural subsocieties.
undersociety, noun, plural undersocieties.

1. association, fellowship, fraternity, brotherhood, company. See circle. 7. fellowship. Unabridged
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society (səˈsaɪətɪ)
n , pl -ties
1.  the totality of social relationships among organized groups of human beings or animals
2.  a system of human organizations generating distinctive cultural patterns and institutions and usually providing protection, security, continuity, and a national identity for its members
3.  such a system with reference to its mode of social and economic organization or its dominant class: middle-class society
4.  those with whom one has companionship
5.  an organized group of people associated for some specific purpose or on account of some common interest: a learned society
6.  a.  the privileged class of people in a community, esp as considered superior or fashionable
 b.  (as modifier): a society woman
7.  the social life and intercourse of such people: to enter society as a debutante
8.  companionship; the fact or state of being together with someone else: I enjoy her society
9.  ecology a small community of plants within a larger association
[C16: via Old French societé from Latin societās, from socius a comrade]

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Word Origin & History

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.
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