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[soh-shuh-buh l] /ˈsoʊ ʃə bəl/
inclined to associate with or be in the company of others.
friendly or agreeable in company; companionable.
characterized by agreeable companionship:
a sociable evening at the home of friends.
Chiefly Northern and Midland U.S. an informal social gathering, especially of members of a church.
Origin of sociable
1545-55; < Latin sociābilis, equivalent to sociā(re) to unite (derivative of socius partner, comrade) + -bilis -ble
Related forms
sociableness, noun
sociably, adverb
nonsociable, adjective
nonsociableness, noun
nonsociably, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sociable
  • We encourage them to be outgoing, polite and sociable.
  • Nor is hubby's going to social events alone, as long as he's sociable.
  • What makes it unusual among mammals is that it is both sociable and monogamous.
  • Now biologists are on the tail of these deep-diving, long-lived, sociable and mysterious sea creatures.
  • It can make normally sociable people reluctant to go out in public or talk on the telephone.
  • Wolves are also sociable creatures, so this sounded a likely idea.
  • Tailorbirds sew leaves together, and sociable weaverbirds collaborate on nine-foot-high multifamily dwellings.
  • It is also a means of forcing residents to become more sociable.
  • And television-watching is a more sociable activity than it may appear.
  • The resort is named for its visiting pods of sociable dolphins.
British Dictionary definitions for sociable


friendly or companionable
(of an occasion) providing the opportunity for friendliness and conviviality
(mainly US) another name for social (sense 9)
a type of open carriage with two seats facing each other
Derived Forms
sociability, sociableness, noun
sociably, adverb
Word Origin
C16: via French from Latin sociābilis, from sociāre to unite, from socius an associate
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Word Origin and History for sociable

1550s, "enjoying the company of others," from Middle French sociable (16c.) and directly from Latin sociabilis "close, intimate, easily united," from sociare "to join, unite," from socius "companion, ally" (see social (adj.)).

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