[ 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.


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Origin of sociable

1545–55; < Latin sociābilis, equivalent to sociā(re) to unite (derivative of socius partner, comrade) + -bilis -ble

OTHER WORDS FROM sociable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for sociable

/ (ˈsəʊʃəbəl) /


friendly or companionable
(of an occasion) providing the opportunity for friendliness and conviviality


mainly US another name for social (def. 9)
a type of open carriage with two seats facing each other

Derived forms of sociable

sociability or sociableness, nounsociably, adverb

Word Origin for sociable

C16: via French from Latin sociābilis, from sociāre to unite, from socius an associate
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