noun (plural societies)
- 1 [mass noun] The aggregate of people living together in a more or less ordered community: drugs, crime, and other dangers to societyMore example sentences
- The onus is on government, institutions and society to work together for a just and equitable social order.
- An economy isn't just about money but about people and how they relate to each other and the sort of society that they build together.
- Without a fully realised concept of personal responsibility, society cannot be ordered in a fair way.
- 1.1The community of people living in a particular country or region and having shared customs, laws, and organizations: the ethnic diversity of British society [count noun]: modern industrial societiesMore example sentences
- This is one of Morrison's constant themes, the importance of class as well as race and gender in American society.
- Archer is thankful that his future wife knows and follows the manners and customs of New York society.
- In traditional Aboriginal society, goods were shared, but in a highly structured and ritualistic way.
- 1.2 [with adjective] A specified section of society: no one in polite society uttered the wordMore example sentences
- After all they are reflecting the ambitions of the more powerful sections of local society.
- It is clear that this policy prejudices the poorest sections of rural society and will lead to greater inequality.
- In the parlors of polite society, social tolerance sits side by side with multiculturalism.
- 1.3 (also high society) The aggregate of people who are fashionable, wealthy, and influential, regarded as forming a distinct group in a community: [as modifier]: a society weddingMore example sentences
polite society, high society, the aristocracy, the gentry, the nobility, the upper classes, the elite, the privileged classes, the county set; the smart set, the fashionable, the A-list, the wealthy, the beautiful people, the crème de la crème, the beau monde, the haut monde• informal , • dated swells
- Gradually courtesans became passé and geisha rose in status to become glittering and fashionable society women.
- At the London, Merrick became a celebrity, an object of curiosity, visited by fashionable society women and royalty.
- John photographed many society weddings and advertised by putting his work in a glass showcase outside the studio.
- 1.4 [count noun] A plant or animal community: the analogy between insect society and human city is not newMore example sentences
- Animal societies are characterized by cooperation as well as conflict.
- Kin recognition serves as the foundation of advanced social systems in a wide variety of other animal societies.
- Such top-down control over reproduction is a common feature of cooperative animal societies.
- 2An organization or club formed for a particular purpose or activity: [in names]: the Royal Society for the Protection of BirdsMore example sentences
- Young people should get a greater say in how clubs and societies are run, and should have the option of more meaningful activities.
- The student society's external relations officer said he is looking forward to working with the group.
- Many met together regularly for Bible teaching, prayer and mutual spiritual help in the newly organised religious societies.
- 3 [mass noun] The situation of being in the company of other people: she shunned the society of othersMore example sentences
- Women who had children born out of wedlock were shunned in Irish society while men were often be given the benefit of the doubt.
- The mental health charity Turning Point and homeless charities were astonished by her ease with people shunned by society.
- Ben is a genetic throwback to Neanderthal man, shunned by family and society for his stupidity and ugliness.
mid 16th century (in the sense 'companionship, friendly association with others'): from French société, from Latin societas, from socius 'companion'.