social meaning

[ 'səuʃəl ] Pronunciation:   "social" in a sentence
Adjective: social  sowshul
  1. Relating to human society and its members
    "social institutions"; "social legislation"
    - societal 
  2. Living together or enjoying life in communities or organized groups
    "a human being is a social animal"; "mature social behaviour" 
  3. Relating to or belonging to or characteristic of high society
    "made fun of her being so social and high-toned"; "a social gossip column" 
  4. 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" 
  5. Tending to move or live together in groups or colonies of the same kind
    "ants are social insects" 
  6. Marked by friendly companionship with others
    "a social cup of coffee"
Noun: social  sowshul
  1. A party of people assembled to promote sociability and communal activity
    - sociable, mixer

Derived forms: socials

See also: cultural, ethnic, ethnical, friendly, gregarious, interpersonal, multiethnic, multi-ethnic, sociable, sociality, socially, society

Type of: party

Antonym: unsocial

Encyclopedia: Social Social, Rhode Island

AmE / adjective [only before noun]



connected with society and the way it is organized:

plans for social and economic reform


connected with your position in society:

Official figures show a clear link between life expectancy and social class.


connected with activities in which people meet each other for pleasure:

Social events and training days are arranged for all the staff.

The job requires good social skills (= the ability to talk easily to other people and do things in a group).

a : tending to form cooperative and interdependent relationships with others of one's kind
b : living and breeding in more or less organized communities ‹social insects›
2 : of or relating to human society, the interaction of the individual and the group, or the welfare of human beings as members of society ‹immature social behavior› — so·cial·ly adv


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  1. his social attitudes are being questioned.
  2. he had a quiet, tidy social manner.
  3. correct ideas come from social practice.
  4. all social phenomena are interconnected.
  5. social development is indeed double-edged.

Related Words

  1. socex meaning
  2. sociability meaning
  3. sociable meaning
  4. sociableness meaning
  5. sociably meaning
  6. social accountability meaning
  7. social accounting meaning
  8. social action meaning
  9. social activity meaning
  10. social adjustment meaning
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