|1.||[ noun ] (sociology) an extended social group having a distinctive cultural and economic organization|
|Related terms:||social_group culture civilization open_society tribalism tribal_society social_organization sector|
|2.||[ noun ] a formal association of people with similar interests|
|Synonyms:||club order lodge gild guild|
"he joined a golf club" "they formed a small lunch society" "men from the fraternal order will staff the soup kitchen today"
|Related terms:||association sorority chapter fraternity country_club tennis_club yacht_club glee_club golf_club hunt Veterans_of_Foreign_Wars American_Legion bookclub racket_club athenaeum turnverein rowing_club slate_club chess_club secret_society service_club investors_club jockey_club club_member ordain|
|3.||[ noun ] the state of being with someone|
|Synonyms:||company fellowship companionship good_fellowship comradeship|
"he missed their company" "he enjoyed the society of his friends"
|Related terms:||friendship freemasonry|
|4.||[ noun ] (sociology) the fashionable elite|
|Synonyms:||high_society bon_ton smart_set beau_monde|
|Related terms:||elite Four_Hundred|