society

The noun society refers to people living in social order. Unless you are a reclusive person, you are a part of society in some way or another.

Society can also refer to fashionable elite, the "beau monde" or "smart set." An organization or club formed around a common interest is sometimes also called a society. To add to its mystique, this type of society might create special rules, greetings, or handshakes. Certain national societies that may have branches in your community include the Elks Lodge or the National Association of Professional Women.

Definitions of society
  1. noun
    an extended social group having a distinctive cultural and economic organization
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    civilisation, civilization
    a society in an advanced state of social development (e.g., with complex legal and political and religious organizations)
    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
    Islam, Muslimism
    the civilization of Muslims collectively which is governed by the Muslim religion
    hunting and gathering society, hunting and gathering tribe
    group that supports itself by hunting and fishing and by gathering wild fruits and vegetables; usually nomadic
    Aegean civilisation, Aegean civilization, Aegean culture
    the prehistoric civilization on the islands in the Aegean sea and the surrounding countries
    Helladic civilisation, Helladic civilization, Helladic culture
    the bronze-age culture of mainland Greece that flourished 2500-1100 BC
    Indus civilization
    the bronze-age culture of the Indus valley that flourished from about 2600-1750 BC
    Minoan civilisation, Minoan civilization, Minoan culture
    the bronze-age culture of Crete that flourished 3000-1100 BC
    Mycenaean civilisation, Mycenaean civilization, Mycenaean culture
    the late bronze-age culture of Mycenae that flourished 1400-1100 BC
    Paleo-American culture, Paleo-Amerind culture, Paleo-Indian culture
    the prehistoric culture of the earliest human inhabitants of North America and South America
    Western civilization, Western culture
    the modern culture of western Europe and North America
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    social group
    people sharing some social relation
  2. noun
    a formal association of people with similar interests
    “they formed a small lunch society
    synonyms: club, gild, guild, lodge, order, social club
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    athenaeum, atheneum
    a literary or scientific association for the promotion of learning
    bookclub
    a club that people join in order to buy selected books at reduced prices
    chapter
    a local branch of some fraternity or association
    chess club
    a club of people to play chess
    country club
    a suburban club for recreation and socializing
    frat, fraternity
    a social club for male undergraduates
    glee club
    a club organized to sing together
    golf club
    a club of people to play golf
    hunt, hunt club
    an association of huntsmen who hunt for sport
    investors club
    a club of small investors who buy and sell securities jointly
    jockey club
    a club to promote and regulate horse racing
    racket club
    club for players of racket sports
    rowing club
    a club for rowers
    slate club
    a group of people who save money in a common fund for a specific purpose (usually distributed at Christmas)
    sorority
    a social club for female undergraduates
    turnverein
    a club of tumblers or gymnasts
    boat club, yacht club
    club that promotes and supports yachting and boating
    service club
    a club of professional or business people organized for their coordination and active in public services
    tennis club
    a club of people to play tennis
    International Association of Lions clubs, Lions Club
    club dedicated to promoting responsible citizenship and good government and community and national and international welfare
    Rotary Club, Rotary International
    a group of businessmen in a town organized as a service club and to promote world peace
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    association
    a formal organization of people or groups of people
  3. noun
    the fashionable elite
    synonyms: beau monde, bon ton, high society, smart set
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    elite, elite group
    a group or class of persons enjoying superior intellectual or social or economic status
  4. noun
    the state of being with someone
    “he enjoyed the society of his friends”
    synonyms: companionship, company, fellowship
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    a natural or instinctive fellowship between people of similar interests
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    friendly relationship, friendship
    the state of being friends (or friendly)
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