So·ci·e·ty n.; pl. Societies
1. The relationship of men to one another when associated in any way; companionship; fellowship; company. “Her loved society.”
There is society where none intrudes
By the deep sea, and music in its roar. --Byron.
2. Connection; participation; partnership. [R.]
The meanest of the people and such as have the least society with the acts and crimes of kings. --Jer. Taylor.
3. A number of persons associated for any temporary or permanent object; an association for mutual or joint usefulness, pleasure, or profit; a social union; a partnership; as, a missionary society.
4. The persons, collectively considered, who live in any region or at any period; any community of individuals who are united together by a common bond of nearness or intercourse; those who recognize each other as associates, friends, and acquaintances.
5. Specifically, the more cultivated portion of any community in its social relations and influences; those who mutually give receive formal entertainments.
Society of Jesus. See Jesuit.