so·​cia·​ble | \ˈsō-shə-bəl \

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 \ 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


They are sociable people who enjoy having parties. They had a very sociable evening.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Long was sociable but still tough as nails, Jennings said. Jesse Newell, kansascity, "How Jeff Long — introduced as new AD Wednesday — impressed KU’s search committee," 11 July 2018 But that wasn’t unusual for the upbeat, energetic and sociable teen, his dad tells PEOPLE. Kc Baker,, "Slain Boy's Dad Talks Possible Motive in 'Brutal' Rape and Beating — and Pays Tribute to His Son," 10 July 2018 The streets may have been dangerous, but that encouraged a sociable and intimate scene. Stephen Metcalf, The Atlantic, "Jean-Michel Basquiat Is Still an Enigma," 24 June 2018 These companies, which included BuzzFeed, Equinox and Thrillist, advertised jobs that called for applicants to be sociable, exhibit deft emotional management and be flexible–all traits that Duffy says are typically associated with women. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "How Social Media Became a Pink Collar Job," 26 May 2018 Samantha Schultz, 25, was a sociable and confident new IUPUI graduate, until her life-threatening brain injury in September 2016 in a mountain biking crash. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "A bike accident left her unable to speak, walk or eat; here's what her life looks like now," 10 June 2018 Benjamin and Maeanna, though, were the most sociable, their parents said. Max Londberg, kansascity, "Mom, dad grieve their 3 children killed in Ozarks fire: 'They were very loved'," 7 June 2018 On May 20, the sun glides into Gemini, the sociable and chatty zone that defines your spirit. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What May's Gemini Horoscope Means for You," 26 Apr. 2018 Postings referred to the job as sociable, blurring the boundaries between work and play. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "How Social Media Became a Pink Collar Job," 26 May 2018

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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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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 \

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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