from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Living together in communities.
- adj. Of or relating to communal living.
- adj. Of or relating to human society and its modes of organization: social classes; social problems; a social issue.
- adj. Living together in organized groups or similar close aggregates: Ants are social insects.
- adj. Involving allies or members of a confederacy.
- adj. Of or relating to the upper classes.
- adj. Inclined to seek out or enjoy the company of others; sociable.
- adj. Spent in or marked by friendly relations or companionship.
- adj. Intended for convivial activities.
- adj. Of, relating to, or occupied with matters affecting human welfare: social programs.
- n. An informal social gathering, as of the members of a church congregation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A festive gathering to foster introductions.
- n. A dance held to raise money for a couple to be married.
- n. Short for social security benefit, the UK government department responsible for administering such welfare benefit, for its employees.
- n. Short for social security number.
- adj. Being extroverted or outgoing.
- adj. Of or relating to society.
- adj. Relating to social media or social networks.
- adj. Relating to a nation's allies (cf. the Social War)
- adj. Cooperating in groups.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to society; relating to men living in society, or to the public as an aggregate body
- adj. Ready or disposed to mix in friendly converse; companionable; sociable.
- adj. Consisting in union or mutual intercourse.
- adj. Naturally growing in groups or masses; -- said of many individual plants of the same species.
- adj. Living in communities consisting of males, females, and neuters, as do ants and most bees.
- adj. Forming compound groups or colonies by budding from basal processes or stolons.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Disposed to live in companies; delighting in or desirous of the company, fellowship, and coöperation of others: as, man is a social animal.
- Companionable; sociable; ready to mix in friendly relations or intercourse with one's fellows; also, characteristic of companionable or sociable persons: as, social tastes; a man of fine social instincts.
- Of or pertaining to society, or to the community as a body: as, social duties, interests, usages, problems, questions, etc.; social science.
- In zoology:
- Associating together; gregarious; given to flocking; republican; sociable: as, social ants, bees, wasps, or birds.
- Colonial, aggregate, or compound; not simple or solitary: as, the social ascidians; social polyps. See Sociales.
- In botany, noting species of plants, as the common ragweed (Ambrosia trifida), in which the individuals grow in clumps or patches, or often cover large tracts to the exclusion of other species.
- Synonyms See sociable.
- n. A sociable; an informal gathering of people, especially a church gathering.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. relating to human society and its members
- adj. marked by friendly companionship with others
- adj. relating to or belonging to or characteristic of high society
- adj. composed of sociable people or formed for the purpose of sociability
- n. a party of people assembled to promote sociability and communal activity
- adj. living together or enjoying life in communities or organized groups
- adj. tending to move or live together in groups or colonies of the same kind
Middle English sociale, domestic, from Old French social, from Latin sociālis, of companionship, from socius, companion.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French social, from Latin sociālis ("of or belonging to a companion or companionship or association, social"), from socius ("a companion, fellow, partner, associate, ally"), from sequor ("follow"). (Wiktionary)