social group

Definitions of social group

n people sharing some social relation

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a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity
an extended social group having a distinctive cultural and economic organization
a group of people who differ racially or politically from a larger group of which it is a part
a social group that forms part of the society or the economy
interest, interest group
(usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims
clan, kin, kin group, kindred, kinship group, tribe
group of people related by blood or marriage
your friends and acquaintances
a social group holding marginal or extreme views
assemblage, gathering
a group of persons together in one place
congregation, faithful, fold
a group of people who adhere to a common faith and habitually attend a given church or place of worship
organisation, organization
a group of people who work together
(linguistics) a large group of languages that are historically related
a group of people having the power of effective action
a group of persons who are engaged in a common activity
revolving door
an organization or institution with a high rate of turnover of personnel or membership
band, circle, lot, set
an unofficial association of people or groups
gangdom, gangland, organized crime
underworld organizations
a social group within a national culture that has distinctive patterns of behavior and beliefs
nonalignment, nonalinement
people (or countries) who are not aligned with other people (or countries) in a pact or treaty
form of government, political system
the members of a social organization who are in power
one of two basic subdivisions of a tribe
folk, tribe
a social division of (usually preliterate) people
front, movement, social movement
a group of people with a common ideology who try together to achieve certain general goals
Jews collectively
a group within a political party or legislature or other organization that holds distinct views or has a particular function
a body of people sharing some common interest
business, business sector
business concerns collectively
special interest
an individual or group who are concerned with some particular part of the economy and who try to influence legislators or bureaucrats to act in their favor
vested interest
groups that seek to control a social system or activity from which they derive private benefit
mishpachah, mishpocha
(Yiddish) the entire family network of relatives by blood or marriage (and sometimes close friends)
family, family unit
primary social group; parents and children
your parents
the occupants of a building
a gathering of passengers sufficient to fill an automobile
a gathering of persons representative of some larger group
the occupants of a floor
two people considered as a unit
the people who are present in a room
threesome, triad, trinity, trio
three people considered as a unit
the group that gathers together for a particular occasion
foursome, quartet, quartette
four people considered as a unit
fivesome, quintet, quintette
five people considered as a unit
sextet, sextette, sixsome
six people considered as a unit
septet, septette, sevensome
seven people considered as a unit
eightsome, octet, octette
eight people considered as a unit
a church congregation guided by a pastor
an organization with little or no structure
a subsidiary or subordinate organization that is affiliated with another organization
any organization in which action is obstructed by insistence on unnecessary procedures and red tape
NGO, nongovernmental organization
an organization that is not part of the local or state or federal government
Tammany, Tammany Hall, Tammany Society
a political organization within the Democratic Party in New York City (late 1800's and early 1900's) seeking political control by corruption and bossism
an organization that is controlled by a dominant person or group
line of defence, line of defense
any organization whose responsibility it is to defend against something
line organisation, line organization
the organizational structure of activities contributing directly to the organization's output
a formal organization of people or groups of people
a politically organized unit
quango, quasi-NGO
a quasi nongovernmental organization; an organization that is financed by the government yet acts independently of the government
establishment, institution
an organization founded and united for a specific purpose
an organization created for business ventures
defence, defence force, defense, defense force
an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack
any large organization
Christendom, Christianity
the collective body of Christians throughout the world and history (found predominantly in Europe and the Americas and Australia)
the body of people who attend or belong to a particular local church
College of Cardinals, Sacred College
(Roman Catholic Church) the body of cardinals who advise the Pope and elect new Popes
family tree, genealogy
successive generations of kin
civilisation, civilization
a society in an advanced state of social development (e.g., with complex legal and political and religious organizations)
Fighting French, Free French
a French movement during World War II that was organized in London by Charles de Gaulle to fight for the liberation of France from German control and for the restoration of the republic
fire brigade, fire company
a private or temporary organization of individuals equipped to fight fires
a group of persons who are gathered together for a common purpose
administration, brass, establishment, governance, governing body, organisation, organization
the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something
a large number of things or people considered together
concourse, multitude, throng
a large gathering of people
company, troupe
an organization of performers and associated personnel (especially theatrical)
social unit, unit
an organization regarded as part of a larger social group
Peace Corps
a civilian organization sponsored by the United States government; helps people in developing countries
force, personnel
group of people willing to obey orders
a body of people associated together
a gathering of spectators or listeners at a (usually public) performance
a group of people living in a particular local area
people living in a town or city having local self-government
organized crime in Japan; an alliance of criminal organizations and illegal enterprises
brotherhood, labor union, trade union, trades union, union
an organization of employees formed to bargain with the employer
cast, cast of characters, dramatis personae
the actors in a play
the body of voters who elect a representative for their area
electoral college
the body of electors who formally elect the United States president and vice president
class, course, form, grade
a body of students who are taught together
class, year
a body of students who graduate together
car pool
a small group of car drivers who arrange to take turns driving while the others are passengers
camp, clique, coterie, ingroup, inner circle, pack
an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
Maffia, Mafia, Sicilian Mafia
a secret terrorist group in Sicily; originally opposed tyranny but evolved into a criminal organization in the middle of the 19th century
Black Hand
a secret terrorist society in the United States early in the 20th century
a secret society in Naples notorious for violence and blackmail
crime syndicate, family, mob, syndicate
a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities
musical group, musical organisation, musical organization
an organization of musicians who perform together
a band of warriors (originally a unit of a Roman Legion)
confederacy, conspiracy
a group of conspirators banded together to achieve some harmful or illegal purpose
Four Hundred
the exclusive social set of a city
horsey set, horsy set
a set of people sharing a devotion to horses and horseback riding and horse racing
jet set
a set of rich and fashionable people who travel widely for pleasure
social affair, social gathering
a gathering for the purpose of promoting fellowship
party, political party
an organization to gain political power
machine, political machine
a group that controls the activities of a political party
an intricate organization that accomplishes its goals efficiently
company, party
a band of people associated temporarily in some activity
professional organisation, professional organization
an organization of and for professional people
bunch, crew, crowd, gang
an informal body of friends
a body of creative artists or writers or thinkers linked by a similar style or by similar teachers
the body of faculty and students of a college
the body of faculty and students at a university
faculty, staff
the body of teachers and administrators at a school
civilisation, civilization, culture
a particular society at a particular time and place
open society
a society that allows its members considerable freedom (as in a democracy)
tribal society
a society with the social organization of a tribe
suburbanites considered as a cultural class or subculture
youth culture
young adults (a generational unit) considered as a cultural class or subculture
the subculture of users of psychedelic drugs
alignment, alinement, alliance, coalition
an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty
an organization formed by merging several groups or parties
group meeting, meeting
a formally arranged gathering
a small collection of people
a body of legislators that serve in behalf of some constituency
a gathering of the minimal number of members of an organization to conduct business
mass meeting, rally
a large gathering of people intended to arouse enthusiasm
autarchy, autocracy
a political system governed by a single individual
a constitutional system of government (usually with a written constitution)
commonwealth, democracy, republic
a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them
diarchy, dyarchy
a form of government having two joint rulers
a political system governed by old men
gynarchy, gynecocracy
a political system governed by a woman
the dominance or leadership of one social group or nation over others
mobocracy, ochlocracy
a political system in which a mob is the source of control; government by the masses
a political system governed by a few people
a political system governed by the wealthy people
a form of government whose head of state is not a monarch
a form of government in which scientists and technical experts are in control
a political unit governed by a deity (or by officials thought to be divinely guided)
black economy
a hidden sector of the economy where private cash transactions go unreported
a clan or tribe identified by their kinship to a common totemic object
Tribes of Israel, Twelve Tribes of Israel
twelve kin groups of ancient Israel each traditionally descended from one of the twelve sons of Jacob
a tribe of ancient Athenians
colony, settlement
a body of people who settle far from home but maintain ties with their homeland; inhabitants remain nationals of their home state but are not literally under the home state's system of government
a body of people or families living together and sharing everything
hierarchy, pecking order, power structure
the organization of people at different ranks in an administrative body
ulama, ulema
the body of Mullahs (Muslim scholars trained in Islam and Islamic law) who are the interpreters of Islam's sciences and doctrines and laws and the chief guarantors of continuity in the spiritual and intellectual history of the Islamic community
leaders, leadership
the body of people who lead a group
the entire body of physically fit civilians eligible by law for military service
membership, rank
the body of members of an organization or group
a group gathered in response to a summons
commission, delegacy, delegation, deputation, mission
a group of representatives or delegates
occupational group, vocation
a body of people doing the same kind of work
a body of people united in opposing something
gathering of producers to promote business
the body of immigrants arriving during a specified interval
a body of inspectors
a body of citizens sworn to give a true verdict according to the evidence presented in a court of law
a group of people gathered for a special purpose as to plan or discuss an issue or judge a contest etc
panel, venire
(law) a group of people summoned for jury service (from whom a jury will be chosen)
bevy, gaggle
a large gathering of people of a particular type
cortege, entourage, retinue, suite
the group following and attending to some important person
art movement, artistic movement
a group of artists who agree on general principles
Boy Scouts
an international (but decentralized) movement started in 1908 in England with the goal of teaching good citizenship to boys
Girl Scouts
an organization of young women and girls founded in 1912 for character development and citizenship training
Civil Rights movement
movement in the United States beginning in the 1960s and led primarily by Blacks in an effort to establish the civil rights of individual Black citizens
common front
a movement in which several individuals or groups with different interests join together
cultural movement
a group of people working together to advance certain cultural goals
ecumenism, oecumenism
a movement promoting union between religions (especially between Christian churches)
falun gong
a spiritual movement that began in China in the latter half of the 20th century and is based on Buddhist and Taoist teachings and practices
political movement
a group of people working together to achieve a political goal
reform movement
a movement intended to bring about social and humanitarian reforms
religious movement
a movement intended to bring about religious reforms
a group of people living together in a camp
Zionism, Zionist movement
a movement of world Jewry that arose late in the 19th century with the aim of creating a Jewish state in Palestine
a gathering of military personnel for duty
rap group
a gathering of people holding a rap session
a raucous gathering
enrollment, registration
the body of people (such as students) who register or enroll at the same time
a company of people assembled at a table for a meal or game
a body of voters who have the same interests
any organization or party whose uniforms or badges are blue
gray, grey
any organization or party whose uniforms or badges are grey
any organization that provides resources and facilities for a function or event
an organization of people or resources that can be shared
the body of Jews (or Jewish communities) outside Palestine or modern Israel
wine tasting
a gathering of people to taste and compare different wines
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group, grouping
any number of entities (members) considered as a unit

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