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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
so•cial /ˈsoʊʃəl/USA pronunciation
adj. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- Sociologyof or relating to friendly companionship or relations:a social club.
- Sociologyfriendly or sociable:a social personality.
- Sociologyliving in companionship with others rather than in isolation:Humans are social animals.
- Sociology of or relating to human society, esp. when it is divided into classes according to status:[often: before a noun]the social classes of the Middle Ages in Europe.
so•cial•ly, adv. See -soc-.
- a social gathering esp. of or given by an organized group:a church social.
(sō′shəl),USA pronunciation adj.
- Sociologypertaining to, devoted to, or characterized by friendly companionship or relations:a social club.
- Sociologyseeking or enjoying the companionship of others;
- Sociologyof, pertaining to, connected with, or suited to polite or fashionable society:a social event.
- Sociologyliving or disposed to live in companionship with others or in a community, rather than in isolation:People are social beings.
- Sociologyof or pertaining to human society, esp. as a body divided into classes according to status:social rank.
- Sociologyinvolved in many social activities:We're so busy working, we have to be a little less social now.
- Sociologyof or pertaining to the life, welfare, and relations of human beings in a community:social problems.
- Sociologynoting or pertaining to activities designed to remedy or alleviate certain unfavorable conditions of life in a community, esp. among the poor.
- Sociologypertaining to or advocating socialism.
- Zoologyliving habitually together in communities, as bees or ants. Cf. solitary (def. 8).
- Botanygrowing in patches or clumps.
- Sociology, Slang Terms[Rare.]occurring or taking place between allies or confederates.
- a social gathering or party, esp. of or as given by an organized group:a church social.
- Latin sociālis, equivalent. to soci(us) partner, comrade + -ālis -al1
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social /ˈsəʊʃəl/ adj
- living or preferring to live in a community rather than alone
- denoting or relating to human society or any of its subdivisions
- of, relating to, or characteristic of the experience, behaviour, and interaction of persons forming groups
- relating to or having the purpose of promoting companionship, communal activities, etc: a social club
- relating to or engaged in social services: a social worker
- relating to or considered appropriate to a certain class of society, esp one thought superior
- (esp of certain species of insects) living together in organized colonies: social bees
- (of plant species) growing in clumps, usually over a wide area
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin sociālis companionable, from socius a comradeˈsocially adv
- an informal gathering, esp of an organized group, to promote companionship, communal activity, etc