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BNC: 326 COCA: 507


society /səˈsajəti/ noun
plural societies
plural societies
Learner's definition of SOCIETY
[noncount] : people in general thought of as living together in organized communities with shared laws, traditions, and values社会
: the people of a particular country, area, time, etc., thought of especially as an organized community社群(某国家、地区、时期等的群体组织)
[noncount] : people who are fashionable and wealthy上流社会
often used before another noun常用于另一名词前
[count] : a group of people who work together or regularly meet because of common interests, beliefs, or activities社团;协会
[noncount] formal : the state of being with other people交往;交际
BNC: 326 COCA: 507


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so·​ci·​e·​ty sə-ˈsī-ə-tē How to pronounce society (audio)
plural societies
: companionship or association with one's fellows : friendly or intimate intercourse : company
: a voluntary association of individuals for common ends
especially : an organized group working together or periodically meeting because of common interests, beliefs, or profession
: an enduring and cooperating social group whose members have developed organized patterns of relationships through interaction with one another
: a community, nation, or broad grouping of people having common traditions, institutions, and collective activities and interests
: a part of a community that is a unit distinguishable by particular aims or standards of living or conduct : a social circle or a group of social circles having a clearly marked identity
literary society
: a part of the community that sets itself apart as a leisure class and that regards itself as the arbiter of fashion and manners
: a natural group of plants usually of a single species or habit within an association
: the progeny of a pair of insects when constituting a social unit (such as a hive of bees)
broadly : an interdependent system of organisms or biological units


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: of, relating to, or typical of fashionable society

Example Sentences

Noun Poverty hurts society as a whole. We need to do more to help the poorer members of our society. the values of Western society She was introduced to society at a formal reception. The club's members are drawn from the ranks of high society.
Recent Examples on the Web
The woman who has been at the center of our national life for so long—woven into every part of our society on our stamps, coins and national institutions for seven decades— has gone. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, 9 Sep. 2022 Our society’s longing for special masters to solve an increasing number of problems is yet another sign that democracy is not in good health. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 8 Sep. 2022 Suicide remains a taboo subject in our society, but for survivor families there are additional layers of guilt and anxiety, in addition to their deep sadness. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 7 Sep. 2022 Family and my Pet Albus has been evacuated on a Tractor from our society that’s now submerged. Saritha Rai, Fortune, 7 Sep. 2022 China’s fertility rate in 2020 came in at 1.3, below even the 1.34 that year in Japan, known for its aging society. Liyan Qi, WSJ, 4 Sep. 2022 Suicide remains a taboo subject in our society, but for survivor families there are additional layers of guilt and anxiety, in addition to their deep sadness. Amy Dickinson, Chicago Tribune, 4 Sep. 2022 Suicide remains a taboo subject in our society, but for survivor families there are additional layers of guilt and anxiety, in addition to their deep sadness. Amy Dickinson, cleveland, 4 Sep. 2022 Each meal is a reflection of the history, culture, beliefs, and the natural environment of their society of origin. Uwagbale Edward-ekpu, Quartz, 2 Sep. 2022 See More

Word History



Middle French societé, from Latin societat-, societas, from socius companion — more at social

First Known Use


circa 1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1693, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of society was circa 1513
BNC: 326 COCA: 507


1people who have shared customs and laws群體ADJECTIVE | VERB + SOCIETY | SOCIETY + VERB | PREPOSITION | PHRASES ADJECTIVElarger, wider更廣闊的社會the position of women within the family and the wider society婦女在家庭以及更廣闊的社會中的地位entire, whole整個社會An entire society has been corrupted.整個社會都墮落了。contemporary, modern當代/現代社會traditional傳統社會mainstream主流社會a place for people excluded from mainstream society不被主流社會接納的人的場所new新社會He wanted to create a new society.他想要創建一個新社會。advanced發達社會the role of women in an advanced industrial society發達工業社會中婦女的角色primitive原始社會complex複雜社會egalitarian, free, just, liberal, open平等的/自由的/公平的/開明的/開放的社會closed封閉的社會civilized, good, humane文明的/美好的/人道的社會a vision of the good society美好社會的願景affluent富裕社會the consumerist values of the affluent society富裕社會的消費主義價值觀consumer, consumerist消費社會disposable, throwaway (especially BrE) 充斥着一次性用品的社會Our disposable society must be encouraged to recycle.我們這個一次性用品充斥的社會必須鼓勵循環再生。permissive開放寬容的社會diverse, multicultural, multiracial, pluralistic多元化社會;多元文化社會;多種族社會the celebration of a culturally diverse society對多元文化社會的頌揚divided, stratified分化的/等級化的社會Years of high unemployment have left society deeply divided.多年的高失業率已使社會嚴重分化。civil公民社會the relationship between the state and civil society國家與民權社會的關係secular世俗社會human人類社會a theory on the basis of human society關於人類社會基礎的理論class階級社會classless無階級社會tribal部落社會matriarchal, patriarchal母系/父系氏族社會male-dominated男權社會bourgeois資產階級社會high上層社會She was marrying into Rio's high society.她要嫁入里約的上層社會。capitalist, democratic, feudal, political, socialist, etc.資本主義、民主、封建、政治、社會主義等社會industrial, post-industrial, pre-industrial工業/後工業/前工業社會governments in the advanced industrial societies發達工業社會的政府agricultural, information, scientific, technological農業/信息/科學/科技社會the global information society全球信息社會Islamic, Muslim, Western, etc.伊斯蘭、穆斯林、西方等社會rural, urban, village (BrE) 鄉村/城市/村落社會global全球社會decent, polite上流社會Such language would not be used in polite society.這樣的語言不會在上流社會中使用。VERB + SOCIETYbuild, create建立/創建社會the struggle to build a just society為建立公正社會進行的鬥爭change, shape, transform改變/形成/轉變社會become成為社會the path to becoming a secular society成為世俗社會的途徑permeate, pervade遍及社會the greed that pervades modern society現代社會中普遍存在的貪婪dominate控制社會fit into融入社會Prisoners often have problems fitting into society on their release.囚犯獲釋後常常難以融入社會。live in在⋯社會中生活We live in a society dominated by men.我們生活在男權社會中。polarize使社會兩極分化SOCIETY + VERBbe based on sth社會建立在⋯基礎上a society based on social justice以社會正義為基礎的社會become社會成為US society is becoming more unequal.美國社會正變得越來越不平等。PREPOSITIONin (a) society, within (a) society在⋯社會中the role of television in modern Western society電視在現代西方社會中的作用PHRASESa cross-section of society社會橫斷面The clinic deals with a wide cross-section of society.診所診治社會上各種各樣的人。the fabric of society社會結構The civil war tore apart the fabric of society.內戰摧毀了社會結構。the higher echelons of society, the top echelons of society社會上層Officers were drawn largely from the top echelons of society.官員大都來自社會上層。a level of society, a rank of society, a stratum of society社會階層Child cruelty exists at all levels of society.虐待兒童的現象在社會各階層都存在。a member of society社會成員welfare reforms to protect the most vulnerable members of society保護社會最弱勢成員的福利改革an outcast from society, an outcast of society社會棄兒She devoted herself to helping the outcasts of society.她致力於幫助那些被社會拋棄的人。a pillar of society社會支柱He considered himself to be a pillar of society.他把自己看作是社會的棟梁。One of the pillars of society must be that everyone has access to the legal system.支撑社會正常運行的因素之一是每個人都有訴諸法律的途徑。your place in society, your rank in society社會地位A person's job is one of the factors that determines their place in society.一個人的工作是決定其社會地位的因素之一。a contributing member of society, a productive member of society對社會有貢獻的人;對社會有用的人We help offenders to become productive members of society.我們幫助違法者成為對社會有用的人。the rest of society社會其他部份He felt isolated from the rest of society.他感到自己與社會脫節了。a section of society, a sector of society, a segment of society社會的一個階層;社會的一部份Every section of society must have access to education.社會各階層都應有受教育的機會。society as a whole整個社會The research examines minorities and their relation to society as a whole.這項研究審視少數族裔及其與整個社會的關係。society at large社會整體Health standards have risen in society at large.社會整體的健康水平已經提高。society in general整個社會the benefits for society in general對整個社會的益處the structure of society社會結構the class structure of our society我們社會的階級結構


2organization formed for a particular purpose組織ADJECTIVE | VERB + SOCIETY | PREPOSITION ADJECTIVEdebating, drama, dramatic, historical, horticultural, music, musical, religious, etc.辯論社、戲劇社、歷史學會、園藝協會、音樂協會、宗教團體等a member of an amateur dramatic society業餘戲劇社社員medical, professional, scientific, etc.醫學會、專業協會、科學協會等He is a member of numerous professional societies.他是眾多專業協會的成員。local地方協會a local historical society地方性歷史學會secret秘密社團VERB + SOCIETYbelong to屬於⋯團體She belongs to the historical society.她是歷史學會的成員。become a member of, join成為團體的一員;加入社團create, establish, form, found, set up, start創建團體;成立社團PREPOSITIONin a/the society在社團中She was active in the Society for Women's Suffrage.她在爭取婦女選舉權協會中活動非常積極。society for為⋯組建的協會a society for the prevention of cruelty to animals防止虐待動物協會society of⋯組成的協會the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders汽車製造商及銷售商協會 note at organization

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