American society. such a system characterized by its dominant economic class or form: middle-class society; industrial society.
: companionship or association with one's fellows
: friendly or intimate intercourse : COMPANY
: a voluntary association of individuals for common ends; especially : an organized group working together or periodically meeting because of common interests, beliefs, or profession a : an enduring and cooperating social group whose members have developed organized patterns of relationships through interaction with one another b : a community, nation, or broad grouping of people having common traditions, institutions, and collective activities and interests a : a part of a community that is a unit distinguishable by particular aims or standards of living or conduct : a social circle or a group of social circles having a clearly marked identity
<literary society > b : a part of the community that sets itself apart as a leisure class and that regards itself as the arbiter of fashion and manners a : a natural group of plants usually of a single species or habit within an association b : the progeny of a pair of insects when constituting a social unit (as a hive of bees); broadly : an interdependent system of organisms or biological units
See society defined for English-language learners »
See society defined for kids »
Examples of SOCIETY
Poverty hurts society as a whole.
We need to do more to help the poorer members of our society . the values of Western society
She was introduced to society at a formal reception. The club's members are drawn from the ranks of high society .
Origin of SOCIETY