- (In the UK) a mutual association providing sickness benefits, life assurance, and pensions.More example sentences
- They can buy from life insurance companies, friendly societies, unit trusts, building societies, or banks.
- In contrast, a building society or a friendly society has set guidelines on the purposes for which it will lend.
- In 1997, over 12 million people were covered for medical expenses by insurers, friendly societies, and cash plan companies.
originally the name of a particular fire-insurance company operating circa1700.