Society So*ci"e*ty, n.; pl. {Societies}. [L. societas, fr. socius a companion: cf. F. soci['e]t['e]. See {Social}.] 1. The relationship of men to one another when associated in any way; companionship; fellowship; company. ``Her loved society.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

There is society where none intrudes By the deep sea, and music in its roar. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

2. Connection; participation; partnership. [R.] [1913 Webster]

The meanest of the people and such as have the least society with the acts and crimes of kings. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

3. A number of persons associated for any temporary or permanent object; an association for mutual or joint usefulness, pleasure, or profit; a social union; a partnership; as, a missionary society. [1913 Webster]

4. The persons, collectively considered, who live in any region or at any period; any community of individuals who are united together by a common bond of nearness or intercourse; those who recognize each other as associates, friends, and acquaintances. [1913 Webster]

5. Specifically, the more cultivated portion of any community in its social relations and influences; those who mutually give receive formal entertainments. [1913 Webster]

{Society of Jesus}. See {Jesuit}.

{Society verses} [a translation of F. vers de soci['e]t['e]], the lightest kind of lyrical poetry; verses for the amusement of polite society. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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