adjective so·cia·ble \ ˈsō-shə-bəl \
Updated on: 9 May 2018

Definition of sociable

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




play \ˈsō-shə-blē\ adverb

Examples of sociable in a Sentence

  1. They are sociable people who enjoy having parties.

  2. They had a very sociable evening.

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Origin and Etymology of sociable

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

Synonym Discussion of 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




Definition of sociable

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

First Known Use of sociable


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SOCIABLE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of sociable for English Language Learners

  • : liking to be with and talk to other people

  • : involving or allowing friendly and pleasant social relations

SOCIABLE Defined for Kids


adjective so·cia·ble \ ˈsō-shə-bəl \

Definition of sociable for Students

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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