Definition of friendly society noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


friendly society

BrE BrE//ˈfrendli səsaɪəti//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfrendli səsaɪəti//
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(in Britain) an organization that people pay regular amounts of money to, and which gives them money when they are ill/sick or old Word Originoriginally the name of a particular fire-insurance company operating c.1700.