Definition of Soroptimist in English:



  • A member of an international association of clubs for professional and business women founded in California in 1921.

    • ‘She was deeply involved in the cultural and sporting life of the town and was very active in the Soroptimists' club and in the local branch of the National Council for the Blind.’
    • ‘The Soroptimists said members and local businesses had contributed generously to the shoebox campaign, enabling them to also provide filled wash bags for a local women's refuge.’
    • ‘All proceeds from the event will go towards local charities and the Soroptimists have appealed for support for this event.’
    • ‘The fundamental aim of Soroptimists is to perform charitable work for the good of their community.’
    • ‘The Soroptimists are an international group and service organisation which serves communities.’


1920s: from Latin soror ‘sister’ + optimist (see optimism).