adjective gre·gar·i·ous \ gri-ˈger-ē-əs \
|Updated on: 18 Jul 2018

Definition of gregarious

1 a : tending to associate with others of one's kind : social
  • gregarious animals
b : marked by or indicating a liking for companionship : sociable
  • is friendly, outgoing, and gregarious
c : of or relating to a social group
2 a of a plant : growing in a cluster or a colony
b : living in contiguous nests but not forming a true colony used especially of wasps and bees





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Examples of gregarious in a Sentence

  1. [J.P.] Morgan was attracted to bright, self-possessed women who met him on his own ground, felt at home in society, and shared his gregarious instincts and sybaritic tastes. —Jean StrouseNew Yorker29 Mar. 1999
  2. … the gregarious trade unionist whose back-slapping mateyness helped make him Australia's most popular politician. Time3 Apr. 1989
  3. As it is a night of many parties, the more social, the more gregarious, the more invited of the guests are wondering whether to go to Harley Street first, or whether to arrive there later, after sampling other offerings. —Margaret DrabbleHarper'sJuly 1987
  4. She is outgoing and gregarious.

  5. a gregarious child who ran up to every person on the playground and wanted to be their friend

Recent Examples of gregarious from the Web

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Did You Know?

When you're one of the herd, it's tough to avoid being social. The etymology of gregarious reflects the social nature of the flock; in fact, the word grew out of the Latin noun grex, meaning "herd" or "flock." When it first began appearing in English texts in the 17th century, "gregarious" was applied mainly to animals, but by the 18th century it was being used for social human beings as well. By the way, "grex" gave English a whole flock of other words too, including "egregious," "aggregate," "congregate," and "segregate."

Origin and Etymology of gregarious

Latin gregarius of a flock or herd, from greg-, grex flock, herd

GREGARIOUS Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of gregarious for English Language Learners

  • : enjoying the company of other people

  • biology : tending to live in groups

GREGARIOUS Defined for Kids


adjective gre·gar·i·ous \ gri-ˈger-ē-əs \

Definition of gregarious for Students

1 : enjoying the company of other people
2 : tending to live in a flock, herd, or community rather than alone
  • gregarious insects

Word Root of gregarious

The Latin word grex, meaning “flock,”and its form gregis give us the root greg. Words from the Latin grex have something to do with flocks or groups. Anyone gregarious, or social, enjoys being part of the flock. To congregate is to gather as a flock or crowd. To segregate is to separate away from others or away from the flock.

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