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[soh-shuh l] /ˈsoʊ ʃəl/
pertaining to, devoted to, or characterized by friendly companionship or relations:
a social club.
seeking or enjoying the companionship of others; friendly; sociable; gregarious.
of, pertaining to, connected with, or suited to polite or fashionable society:
a social event.
living or disposed to live in companionship with others or in a community, rather than in isolation:
People are social beings.
of or pertaining to human society, especially as a body divided into classes according to status:
social rank.
involved in many social activities:
We're so busy working, we have to be a little less social now.
of or pertaining to the life, welfare, and relations of human beings in a community:
social problems.
noting or pertaining to activities designed to remedy or alleviate certain unfavorable conditions of life in a community, especially among the poor.
pertaining to or advocating socialism.
Digital Technology. noting or pertaining to online technologies, activities, etc., that promote companionship or communication with friends and other personal contacts:
social websites such as Facebook; the use of social software to share expertise.
See also social media.
Zoology. living habitually together in communities, as bees or ants.
Compare solitary (def 8).
Botany. growing in patches or clumps.
Rare. occurring or taking place between allies or confederates.
a social gathering or party, especially of or as given by an organized group:
a church social.
Digital Technology. social-networking websites and applications; social media:
photos posted to social.
1555-65; < Latin sociālis, equivalent to soci(us) partner, comrade + -ālis -al1
Related forms
socially, adverb
socialness, noun
hypersocial, adjective
hypersocially, adverb
intersocial, adjective
nonsocial, adjective
nonsocially, adverb
nonsocialness, noun
oversocial, adjective
oversocially, adverb
presocial, adjective
pseudosocial, adjective
pseudosocially, adverb
unsocial, adjective
unsocially, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for social
  • Before people began making their lives public on social networks, retailers had to figure out their likes more indirectly.
  • Much more important from the artistic standpoint were the comedies proceeding by means of social satire.
  • The guest who sits on and on, unless earnestly pressed to do so, is wanting in tact and social sense.
  • Bees either focus on gathering nectar or on gathering pollen depending on demand, especially in social species.
  • O century in recorded history has experienced so many social transformations and such radical ones as the twentieth century.
  • For messages of social responsibility to work, consistency and commitment are key.
  • The chemical often referred to as the bonding hormone has already been shown to affect the social skills of people with autism.
  • The loneliness and social isolation, if your workplace even partly filled that need, if you have no family for moral support.
  • Certainly, there are private equity deals--and maybe firms--that don't add social value.
  • But he also itched to uncover how the basic workings of the human brain shape social behavior.
British Dictionary definitions for social


living or preferring to live in a community rather than alone
denoting or relating to human society or any of its subdivisions
of, relating to, or characteristic of the experience, behaviour, and interaction of persons forming groups
relating to or having the purpose of promoting companionship, communal activities, etc a social club
relating to or engaged in social services a social worker
relating to or considered appropriate to a certain class of society, esp one thought superior
(esp of certain species of insects) living together in organized colonies social bees Compare solitary (sense 6)
(of plant species) growing in clumps, usually over a wide area
an informal gathering, esp of an organized group, to promote companionship, communal activity, etc
Derived Forms
socially, adverb
socialness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin sociālis companionable, from socius a comrade
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Word Origin and History for social
1505 (implied in socially), "characterized by friendliness or geniality," also "allied, associated," from M.Fr. social (14c.), from L. socialis "united, living with others," from socius "companion," probably originally "follower," and related to sequi "to follow" (cf. O.E. secg, O.N. seggr "companion," which seem to have been formed on the same notion; see sequel). Meaning "living or liking to live with others, disposed to friendly intercourse" is attested from 1729. Meaning "pertaining to society as a natural condition of human life" first attested 1695, in Locke. Social climber is from 1926; social work is 1890; social worker 1904. Social drink(ing) first attested 1976. Social studies as an inclusive term for history, geography, economics, etc., is attested from 1938. Social security "system of state support for needy citizens" is attested from 1908.
"friendly gathering," 1870, from social (adj.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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