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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 sociably
Historical Examples
  • "But you're not English," said Peter sociably, his arms on the table.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James
  • Kitchener had learned to speak the Arab tongue not only freely but sociably.

    Lord Kitchener G. K. Chesterton
  • Apart from nervousness, she was sociably inclined, and yearned for company.

    Johnny Ludlow, Fifth Series Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Tavernake was not sociably inclined and took no pains to conceal the fact.

    The Tempting of Tavernake E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Undertakers who were sociably disposed took each other's measures, composed epitaphs, and talked about cremation.

    Southerly Busters (AKA Ironbark) G. H. Gibson
  • If misery loves company, as the proverb says, why should not happiness be also sociably disposed?

  • "Then one of us is about an hour out of the way," he said sociably, while Tom stood by in anxious suspense.

    Tom Slade with the Colors Percy K. Fitzhugh
  • He was cheerfully helpless and sociably indifferent; ready to preside with a smile even at a discussion of his own admissibility.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James
  • As I went into the car there were three men at one end talking rather loud and sociably, and I went as near to them as I dared.

    A Man of Samples Wm. H. Maher
  • "Marry her, and be blowed," said that worthy, sociably; and the driver stiffened and refused to talk further on the subject.

    An Outback Marriage Andrew Barton Paterson
British Dictionary definitions for sociably


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 sociably



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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