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Adjective, Noun


Noun social has 1 sense

Adjective social has 6 senses


sociala. [L. socialis, from socius a companion; akin to sequi to follow: cf. F. social. See Sue to follow.].
  •  Of or pertaining to society; relating to men living in society, or to the public as an aggregate body; as, social interest or concerns; social pleasure; social benefits; social happiness; social duties.  J. S. Mill.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Ready or disposed to mix in friendly converse; companionable; sociable; as, a social person.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Consisting in union or mutual intercourse.  [1913 Webster]
    "Best with thyself accompanied, seek'st not
    Social communication.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  Naturally growing in groups or masses; -- said of many individual plants of the same species.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Living in communities consisting of males, females, and neuters, as do ants and most bees.  [1913 Webster]
Social science, the science of all that relates to the social condition, the relations and institutions which are involved in man's existence and his well-being as a member of an organized community; sociology. It concerns itself with questions of the public health, education, labor, punishment of crime, reformation of criminals, and the like. -- Social whale (Zoöl.), the blackfish. -- The social evil, prostitution.
Syn. -- Sociable; companionable; conversible; friendly; familiar; communicative; convival; festive.


social, adj. & n.
1 of or relating to society or its organization.
2 concerned with the mutual relations of human beings or of classes of human beings.
3 living in organized communities; unfitted for a solitary life (man is a social animal).
4 a needing companionship; gregarious, interdependent. b cooperative; practising the division of labour.
5 existing only as a member of a compound organism.
6 a (of insects) living together in organized communities. b (of birds) nesting near each other in communities.
7 (of plants) growing thickly together and monopolizing the ground they grow on.
--n. a social gathering, esp. one organized by a club, congregation, etc.

social anthropology the comparative study of peoples through their culture and kinship systems. social climber derog. a person anxious to gain a higher social status. social contract (or compact) an agreement to cooperate for social benefits, e.g. by sacrificing some individual freedom for State protection. social credit the economic theory that the profits of industry should be distributed to the general public. social democracy a socialist system achieved by democratic means. social democrat a person who advocates social democracy. social order the network of human relationships in society. social realism the expression of social or political views in art. social science a the scientific study of human society and social relationships. b a branch of this (e.g. politics or economics). social scientist a student of or expert in the social sciences. social secretary a person who makes arrangements for the social activities of a person or organization. social security State assistance to those lacking in economic security and welfare, e.g. the aged and the unemployed. social service philanthropic activity. social services services provided by the State for the community, esp. education, health, and housing. social war hist. a war fought between allies. social work work of benefit to those in need of help or welfare, esp. done by specially trained personnel. social worker a person trained to do social work.
sociality n. socially adv.
F social or L socialis allied f. socius friend



affable, affair, amiable, amusing, associated, associational, at home, civic, civil, clubbable, clubbish, clubby, coalitional, collective, collectivistic, common, communal, communicative, communistic, community, commutual, companionable, companionate, compatible, congenial, conjoint, convivial, cooperative, cordial, cosmopolitan, courteous, entertaining, fit for society, fond of society, friendly, gathering, general, genial, get-together, gracious, gregarious, group, hospitable, in common, international, joint, levee, matinee, mutual, national, organizational, pleasant, pleasurable, popular, public, reception, reciprocal, reunion, salon, sexual, sociable, social affair, social gathering, social-minded, socialistic, societal, society, soiree, state, supranational, urbane, venereal, wake




N sociality, sociability, sociableness, social intercourse, consociation, intercourse, intercommunity, consortship, companionship, comradeship, clubbism, esprit de corps, conviviality, good fellowship, good company, joviality, jollity, savoir vivre, festivity, festive board, merrymaking, loving cup, hospitality, heartiness, cheer, welcome, welcomeness, greeting, hearty welcome, hearty reception, warm reception, urbanity, familiarity, good fellow, jolly fellow, bon enfant, bawcock, social circle, family circle, circle of acquaintance, coterie, society, company, social gathering, social reunion, assembly, barbecue, bee, corn-husking, corn-shucking, house raising, barn raising, husking, husking-bee, infare, party, entertainment, reception, levee, at, home, conversazione, soiree, matin_ee, evening party, morning party, afternoon party, bridge party, garden party, surprise party, kettle, kettle drum, partie carr_ee, dish of tea, ridotto, rout, housewarming, ball, festival, smoker, smoker-party, sociable, stag party, hen party, tamasha, tea-party, tea-fight, (amusement), the feast of reason and the flow of soul, birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve party, Thanksgiving Day Dinner, bonenkai, wedding reception, visiting, round of visits, call, morning call, interview, assignation, tryst, trysting place, appointment, club, sociable, companionable, clubbable, conversable, cosy, cosey, chatty, conversational, homiletical, convivial, festive, festal, jovial, jolly, hospitable, welcome, welcome as the roses in May, f=eted, entertained, free and easy, hall fellow well met, familiar, on visiting terms, acquainted, social, neighborly, international, gregarious, en famille, in the family circle, sans fa, arm in arm, a crowd is not company, be bright and jovial among your guests tonight, his worth is warrant for his welcome, let's be red with mirth, welcome the coming speed the parting guest.


N man, mankind, human race, human species, human kind, human nature, humanity, mortality, flesh, generation, anthropology, anthropogeny, anthropography, anthroposophy, ethnology, ethnography, humanitarian, human being, person, personage, individual, creature, fellow creature, mortal, body, somebody, one, such a one, some one, soul, living soul, earthling, party, head, hand, dramatis personae, quidam, people, persons, folk, public, society, world, community, community at large, general public, nation, nationality, state, realm, commonweal, commonwealth, republic, body politic, million, population, tribe, clan (paternity), family (consanguinity), cosmopolite, lords of the creation, ourselves, human, mortal, personal, individual, national, civic, public, social, cosmopolitan, anthropoid, am I not a man and a brother?.

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