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so·​cia·​ble ˈsō-shə-bəl How to pronounce sociable (audio)
: inclined by nature to companionship with others of the same species : social
: inclined to seek or enjoy companionship
: marked by or conducive to friendliness or pleasant social relations
sociableness noun
sociably adverb


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



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

First Known Use


1511, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1750, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sociable was in 1511

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Cite this Entry

“Sociable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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so·​cia·​ble ˈsō-shə-bəl How to pronounce sociable (audio)
: likely to seek or enjoy companionship : affable, friendly
sociable people
: leading to friendliness or pleasant social relations
sociably adverb


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from early French sociable "social, sociable," from Latin sociabilis (same meaning), from sociare "to join, associate," from socius "ally, companion" — related to associate

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