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 sociable (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 Jin, who is admittedly a little too sociable for my liking, tells Zhilan about his wife, his children, and their family restaurant — all without noticing that Nicky’s face has fallen. Max Gao, Vulture, "Kung Fu Recap: So We Meet Again …," 12 May 2021 After Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico in 2017 with devastating impact, researchers found rhesus macaques, a monkey species living on Cayo Santiago, became more sociable with each other. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Mars first flight unlocked and 5 other top space and science stories this week," 24 Apr. 2021 The biggest changes were seen in the animals who had been least sociable before. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, "What Monkeys Can Teach Humans about Resilience after Disaster," 8 Apr. 2021 Now eight months old, Topia bills itself as a more sociable alternative to Zoom, and is one of many startups racing to create more realistic social experiences online. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, "The app behind virtual Burning Man wants to host your next office function," 23 Feb. 2021 The ice bar has helped make the weird winter a lot more sociable and fun. Kim Palmer, Star Tribune, "How Minnesotans are finding ways to socialize outdoors, even in winter," 12 Feb. 2021 As temperatures drop or severe storms arrive, the semiaquatic, sociable experts at hunkering down and making it through a tough winter will head inside their dens, or lodges. Morgan Greene,, "Illinois’ largest rodents are in city lagoons, rivers and streams. Now, they’re on Instagram and TikTok, thanks to pandemic-weary Chicagoans.," 29 Dec. 2020 And not long after, the rescue partnered with LA/SPCA, PetSmart, Big Sky Ranch in Folsom and the Metairie Cat Hospital to spay and neuter stray and feral cats and work to find some of the more sociable ones new homes. Sarah Ravits,, "Star-crossed cats: A shy, cross-eyed kitten finds a forever home — and a soulmate," 14 Dec. 2020 From having extra masks on hand if customers need them to helping grab items for the elderly, Da Noriea has used her sociable and kind nature to create easygoing experiences. Cameron Fields, cleveland, "Gas station associate Ally Da Noriea exudes kind, caring nature to her customers: Homegrown Heroes 2020," 3 Jan. 2021

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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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The first known use of sociable was in 1511

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17 May 2021

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“Sociable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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