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

n 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

n a formal association of people with similar interests

“they formed a small lunch society
club, gild, guild, lodge, order, social club
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athenaeum, atheneum
a literary or scientific association for the promotion of learning
a club that people join in order to buy selected books at reduced prices
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)
a social club for female undergraduates
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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a formal organization of people or groups of people

n the fashionable elite

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

n the state of being with someone

“he enjoyed the society of his friends”
companionship, company, fellowship
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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