Etymology
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society (n.)

1530s, "companionship, friendly association with others," from Old French societe "company" (12c., Modern French société), from Latin societatem (nominative societas) "fellowship, association, alliance, union, community," from socius "companion, ally," from PIE *sokw-yo-, suffixed form of root *sekw- (1) "to follow."

Meaning "group, club" is from 1540s, originally of associations of persons for some specific purpose. Meaning "people bound by neighborhood and intercourse aware of living together in an ordered community" is from 1630s. Sense of "the more cultivated part of any community" first recorded 1823, hence "fashionable people and their doings." The Society Islands were named 1769 by Cook on his third Pacific voyage in honor of the Royal Society, which financed his travels across the world to observe the transit of Venus.

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Definitions of society

society (n.)
an extended social group having a distinctive cultural and economic organization;
society (n.)
a formal association of people with similar interests;
they formed a small lunch society
Synonyms: club / social club / guild / gild / lodge / order
society (n.)
the state of being with someone;
he enjoyed the society of his friends
society (n.)
the fashionable elite;
Synonyms: high society / beau monde / smart set / bon ton
From wordnet.princeton.edu