sociable

adjective
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

sociable

noun

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

Adjective

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

Choose the Right Synonym for sociable

Adjective

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

This job, though not for everyone, could be the perfect fit someone who is organized, sociable, and knows how to use a computer. Jamie Ballard, Woman's Day, "How to Become a Virtual Assistant So You Can Work From Home," 7 May 2019 Libra season kicks off on Saturday, September 22, when the sun moves into this sociable sign. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What September's Sagittarius Horoscope Means for You," 30 Aug. 2018 After continuous observation for months, only the most sociable were selected for the next generation, with the researchers taking care to avoid inbreeding. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Friendly fox genomes help us understand the genetics of behavior," 11 Aug. 2018 Her husband, Michael Hirt, recalled that David was very sociable but could also be private and shy. Kris Maher, WSJ, "Pittsburgh Mourners Remember Family Doctor, Two ‘Gentle Giants’," 30 Oct. 2018 Apparently some Ferrari owners are more sociable than others. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Single-seat Ferrari Monza SP1 will cost seven figures," 18 Sep. 2018 The instant connection might be due to the fact that mini pigs are known for being affectionate, loyal, and sociable, and this little piggy definitely displays those traits. Rori Kotch, Country Living, "This Miniature Pig and Great Dane Win the Award For Cutest Friendship," 16 July 2015 The gorillas that are interacting with the kids might be more chill and sociable generally, and that might be what’s attractive about them. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Gorillas that are great with kids are also luckier in love," 18 Oct. 2018 Being sociable does have its upsides: Research suggests that teams led by managers in a positive state of mind often outperform those headed by someone in a funk. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Two Contagious Behaviors of a Great Boss," 22 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of sociable

Adjective

1511, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1750, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sociable

Adjective

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

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sociable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of sociable

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

sociable

adjective
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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