Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “social”

social

adjective uk   /ˈsəʊ.ʃəl/ us    /ˈsoʊ-/

social adjective (GOING OUT)

B1 relating to activities in which you meet and spend time with other people and that happen during the time when you are not working: I had an active social life when I was at college. I'm a social drinker - I only drink when I'm with other people. Most British schools organize social events for the students. I've just become a member of the company's sports and social club.

social adjective (SOCIETY)

B2 [before noun] relating to society and living together in an organized way: social classes/groups social disorder/trends/change/equality/justice/differences Monkeys are highly social animals.

social

noun [C] uk   /ˈsəʊ.ʃəl/ us    /ˈsoʊ-/ old-fashioned
an occasion when the members of a group or organization meet informally to enjoy themselves: a church social
(Definition of social from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of social?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “social” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

monster

any imaginary frightening creature, especially one that is large and strange

Word of the Day

What’s that lovely smell?

by Kate Woodford,
October 29, 2014
As adult humans, we can distinguish about 10,000 different smells. It’s no wonder, then, that we have so many words and expressions to describe them. This week we’re taking a look at those smell words – words that describe good smells and words that describe bad smells. Most smell words are either

Read More 

high-frequency trading noun

October 27, 2014
a type of stock market trading that uses very complex technology to trade extremely quickly, often making tiny profits which nevertheless add up to substantial sums Lewis’s book, Flash Boys, is driving a huge amount of attention toward the topic of high frequency trading, and it has rekindled some of

Read More