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

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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 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 Oxytocin’s possible use to promote friendly encounters holds promise for captive lions, who might trade unnatural and unhealthy isolation for shared spaces with sociable new companions. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Mar. 2022 Scientists say research off Mexico's Guadalupe Island in the Pacific Ocean shows great white sharks are sociable and will sometimes work together to increase their chances of catching prey. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2022 The sociable Weddle always has a friend on the opposing NFL team, and counts Bengals running back Joe Mixon among his buddies. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Feb. 2022 For example, sociable Libras probably don't mind closer sleeping quarters than, say, more solitary Scorpios. Sara Coughlin,, 3 Feb. 2022 There's no need to rush through today, thanks to the gentle Moon entering sociable Libra this morning. Tarot Astrologers,, 26 Dec. 2021 The keenly sociable Bell sought acceptance in many circles, only to drift awkwardly between or outside them. Donna Rifkind, WSJ, 28 Jan. 2022 Shelter cats gradually become less unfriendly, and a case of hip dysplasia suggests saber-toothed cats were sociable. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper’s Magazine , 4 Jan. 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 24 May. 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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