so·​cia·​ble | \ ˈsō-shə-bəl How to pronounce sociable (audio) \

Definition of sociable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : inclined by nature to companionship with others of the same species : social
2a : inclined to seek or enjoy companionship
b : marked by or conducive to friendliness or pleasant social relations



Definition of sociable (Entry 2 of 2)

: an informal social gathering frequently involving a special activity or interest

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Other Words from sociable


sociableness noun
sociably \ ˈsō-​shə-​blē How to pronounce sociably (audio) \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for sociable


gracious, cordial, affable, genial, sociable mean markedly pleasant and easy in social intercourse. gracious implies courtesy and kindly consideration. the gracious award winner thanked her colleagues cordial stresses warmth and heartiness. our host was cordial as he greeted us affable implies easy approachability and readiness to respond pleasantly to conversation or requests or proposals. though wealthy, she was affable to all genial stresses cheerfulness and even joviality. a genial companion with a ready quip sociable suggests a genuine liking for the companionship of others. sociable people who enjoy entertaining

Examples of sociable in a Sentence

Adjective They are sociable people who enjoy having parties. They had a very sociable evening.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective What happens when the most outgoing and sociable members of society find contentment alone from time to time? Lily Jackson |, al, "How are extroverts finding purpose without people?," 8 May 2020 Focus on being sociable and engage in activities with others rather than retreating into your own thoughts. oregonlive, "Horoscope for April 11, 2020: Gemini, don’t take the first offer; Aquarius, make the first move," 11 Apr. 2020 People are primates, and even more sociable than chimpanzees. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, "The History of Loneliness," 30 Mar. 2020 Someone may share your interests or passions and give you an incentive to be more sociable. Magi Helena, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Dec. 27, 2019: Virgo, time to apologize; Scorpio, accept what comes your way," 27 Dec. 2019 She and Margolis did attempt to control for the possibility that simply being more sociable drove the gains in extroverts’ contentment with an unpublished follow-up study. Daisy Yuhas, Scientific American, "Quiet Disadvantage: Study Finds Extroverts Are Happier—Even When They’re Really Introverts," 9 Oct. 2019 The Orchid Lounge, with a fresh indoor-outdoor setup that's perfect for the new afternoon tea, suggests the sociable lobbies of urban hipster hotels (minus the laptops—tech, wisely, is not permitted in public areas). Susan D'arcy, Condé Nast Traveler, "Fresh Off a Renovation, Chiva-Som Is Still Thailand's Best Wellness Retreat," 10 Feb. 2020 My mother, who is seventy-three and lives in London, is intensely sociable. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, "My Mother Is Under Quarantine, but We’re Still Staying Close," 22 Mar. 2020 Try to be sociable on Slack, send some dumb tweets, ask people how their day is. Wired Staff, Wired, "We're Feeling a Little Socially Distanced," 13 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of sociable


1511, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1750, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sociable


Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin sociabilis, from sociare to join, associate, from socius

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22 May 2020

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“Sociable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sociable

: liking to be with and talk to other people
: involving or allowing friendly and pleasant social relations


so·​cia·​ble | \ ˈsō-shə-bəl How to pronounce sociable (audio) \

Kids Definition of sociable

1 : liking to be around other people : friendly
2 : involving or encouraging friendliness or pleasant companionship with other people We enjoyed a sociable evening.

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