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

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 Even Adobe has gotten in on the action, just last year releasing upgrades to its Creative Cloud suite to make its products more sociable. - Powering A Personal Wealth Movement, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 On 22nd June, Venus, the Planet of Love, will officially enter the chatty, sociable sign of Gemini, marking the start of a flirty girl winter. Elizabeth Gulino,, 21 June 2022 The couple raised seven children in the United States, five of whom gathered Sunday in Milwaukee at the house of daughter Noha Saleh, 36, to remember their father as devoted, sociable and a proud believer in the American Dream. Washington Post, 17 Jan. 2022 Another character, the sociable Roy, is also at the coffee shop. Randall G. Mielke,, 6 Apr. 2022 In an hourlong conversation, Garten — brisk, sociable — discussed her passion for French butter, Nordic dramas and a very American musical. New York Times, 22 Mar. 2022 ACE Adventure Resort and Adventures on the Gorge are among the best for families, while Arrowhead Bike Farm has a sociable campground by its open-air craft beer bar. Mark Johanson, CNN, 31 May 2021 Slick, sociable, never at a loss for a quip, and retaining an innate cowboy swagger deep in the DNA inherited from his Nogales, Arizona, cattle-rancher father, Baffert cut a winning, handsome figure at racetracks across the country. Guy Martin, Forbes, 1 May 2022 On 19th April, the Sun will leave the sign of the ram and enter into the sociable sign of the bull, bringing us a more relaxed vibe to the world around us. Elizabeth Gulino,, 18 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Sociable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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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 a sociable visit

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