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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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  • At last he said to himself: 'Men are sociable creatures, like bees or ants.

    The Brown Fairy Book Andrew Lang
  • He was very agreeable, and as sociable as if they had never quarreled.

    Under Fire Frank A. Munsey
  • So off we all goes, and pushes our boots in sociable fashion under the Tuxton table.

    The Man Upstairs P. G. Wodehouse
  • It means that he probably felt most sociable when he was solitary.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
  • This temperament furnishes the majority of the good companions, sociable friends and acquaintances, and theatre goers.

    How to Read Human Nature William Walker Atkinson
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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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