society-n; 5 Senses

Sense Number 1: an extended social group with cultural and political institutions

Commentary: SOCIETY[+community][+extended][+shared][+institutions][+cultural/+economic/+political]
NOTE: refers to whole nations of peoples, or sets of people that follow certain norms.

We studied several hunting and gathering societies in our anthropology course.
These programs are designed to help ex-convicts merge back into society.
Her mother said that such things are not done in polite society. (adherents of a certain norm)
It's a science fiction story about a futuristic society of intelligent cat-like creatures. (metaphoric extension)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: club or association of people with a shared interest

Commentary: SOCIETY[+association][+interest][+shared][+academic/+profession/+civic/+hobby]
NOTE: usually implies a formally established club

Last year he was president of a prestigious philosophical society.
It's a society dedicated to the preservation of the town's parks and conservation lands.
There are a number of literary societies based in New York.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: companionship

Commentary: SOCIETY[+event][+state][+social][+interaction][+pleasurable] fellowship the state of being with others

She needs to get out more in society. (have social relations)
He enjoyed the society of his friends.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 4: the fashionable elite of a given community

Commentary: SOCIETY[+community][+subset][+prestigious][+wealthy]
NOTE: refers to the wealthy, prestigious and prominent class of a community. the fashionable elite

Although he had money, he was largely shunned by high society.
It was a society wedding attended by most of the city's blue bloods.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 5: groups of interdependent organisms within, or across, species

Commentary: SOCIETY[+natural][+community][+organisms][+interdependent]
NOTE: refers to organisms other than humans (see Sense 1)

The naturalist has studied behaviors in several insect societies.
Crows live in a hierarchical society where members vie for higher slots in the pecking order.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 5