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  1. fond of the company of others; sociable.
  2. living in flocks or herds, as animals.
  3. Botany. growing in open clusters or colonies; not matted together.
  4. pertaining to a flock or crowd.

Origin of gregarious

1660–70; < Latin gregārius belonging to a flock, equivalent to greg- (stem of grex) flock + -ārius -ary
Related formsgre·gar·i·ous·ly, adverbgre·gar·i·ous·ness, nounnon·gre·gar·i·ous, adjectivenon·gre·gar·i·ous·ly, adverbnon·gre·gar·i·ous·ness, nounun·gre·gar·i·ous, adjectiveun·gre·gar·i·ous·ly, adverbun·gre·gar·i·ous·ness, noun

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  1. enjoying the company of others
  2. (of animals) living together in herds or flocksCompare solitary (def. 6)
  3. (of plants) growing close together but not in dense clusters
  4. of, relating to, or characteristic of crowds or communities
Derived Formsgregariously, adverbgregariousness, noun

Word Origin for gregarious

C17: from Latin gregārius belonging to a flock, from grex flock
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Word Origin and History for gregarious

1660s, "living in flocks" (of animals), from Latin gregarius "pertaining to a flock; of the herd, of the common sort, common," from grex (genitive gregis) "flock, herd," reduplication of PIE root *ger- "to gather together, assemble" (cf. Greek ageirein "to assemble," agora "assembly;" Old Church Slavonic grusti "handful;" Lithuanian gurgulys "chaos, confusion," gurguole "crowd, mass"). Sense of "sociable" first recorded 1789. Related: Gregariously; gregariousness.

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