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
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
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
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
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