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social Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a party of people assembled to promote sociability and communal activity
    mixer; sociable.
  2. adjective relating to human society and its members
    • social institutions
    • societal evolution
    • societal forces
    • social legislation
  3. adjective living together or enjoying life in communities or organized groups
    • a human being is a social animal
    • mature social behavior
  4. adjective relating to or belonging to or characteristic of high society
    • made fun of her being so social and high-toned
    • a social gossip colum
    • the society page
  5. adjective satellite composed of sociable people or formed for the purpose of sociability
    • a purely social club
    • the church has a large social hall
    • a social director
  6. adjective satellite tending to move or live together in groups or colonies of the same kind
    • ants are social insects
  7. adjective satellite marked by friendly companionship with others
    • a social cup of coffee

So"cial adjective
L. socialis, from socius a companion; akin to sequi to follow: cf. F. social. See Sue to follow.
  1. 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. "Social phenomena." J. S. Mill.
  2. Ready or disposed to mix in friendly converse; companionable; sociable; as, a social person.
  3. Consisting in union or mutual intercourse.
    Best with thyself accompanied, seek'st not Social communication. Milton.
  4. (Bot.) Naturally growing in groups or masses; -- said of many individual plants of the same species.
  5. (Zoöl.) (a) Living in communities consisting of males, females, and neuters, as do ants and most bees. (b) Forming compound groups or colonies by budding from basal processes or stolons; as, the social ascidians. Syn. -- Sociable; companionable; conversible; friendly; familiar; communicative; convival; festive.

Webster 1913