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(1)   An extended social group having a distinctive cultural and economic organization
(2)   A formal association of people with similar interests
"He joined a golf club"
"They formed a small lunch society"
"Men from the fraternal order will staff the soup kitchen today"
(3)   The fashionable elite
(4)   The state of being with someone
"He missed their company"
"He enjoyed the society of his friends"


  1. A long-standing group of people sharing cultural aspects such as language, dress, norms of behavior and artistic forms.
    This society has been known for centuries for its colorful clothing and tight-knit family structure.
  2. A group of people who meet from time to time to engage in a common interest.
    It was then that they decided to found a society of didgeridoo-playing unicyclists.
  3. The sum total of all voluntary interrelations between individuals.
  4. The people of one’s country or community taken as a whole.
    It’s not for society to decide whether I can play the didgeridoo in my own home.
    He thinks that the fact that this child grew up to be a murderer is the fault of society.
  5. high society.
    Smith was first introduced into society at the Duchess of Grand Fenwick's annual rose garden party.
  6. A number of people joined by mutual consent to deliberate, determine and act a common goal.

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