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so·ci·e·ty  audio  (s-s-t) KEY 

NOUN:
pl. so·ci·e·ties
    1. The totality of social relationships among humans.
    2. A group of humans broadly distinguished from other groups by mutual interests, participation in characteristic relationships, shared institutions, and a common culture.
    3. The institutions and culture of a distinct self-perpetuating group.
  1. An organization or association of persons engaged in a common profession, activity, or interest: a folklore society; a society of bird watchers.
    1. The rich, privileged, and fashionable social class.
    2. The socially dominant members of a community.
  2. Companionship; company: enjoys the society of friends and family members.
  3. Biology A colony or community of organisms, usually of the same species: an insect society.

ETYMOLOGY:
French société, from Old French, from Latin societs, fellowship, from socius, companion; see sekw-1 in Indo-European roots


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