society NOUN (pl. societies) 1) the aggregate of people living together in a more or less ordered community. 2) a particular community of people living in a country or region, and having shared customs, laws, and organizations. 3) (also high society) people who are fashionable, wealthy, and influential, regarded as a distinct social group. 4) an organization or club formed for a particular purpose or activity. 5) the situation of being in the company of other people.
DERIVATIVES societal adjective.
ORIGIN Latin societas, from socius 'companion' .

English terms dictionary. 2015.