[ soh-shuh-buhl ]
See synonyms for: sociablesociablenesssociably on

  1. inclined to associate with or be in the company of others.

  2. friendly or agreeable in company; companionable.

  1. characterized by agreeable companionship: a sociable evening at the home of friends.

  1. 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

Other words from sociable

  • so·cia·ble·ness, noun
  • so·cia·bly, adverb
  • non·so·cia·ble, adjective
  • non·so·cia·ble·ness, noun
  • non·so·cia·bly, adverb

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How to use sociable in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for sociable


/ (ˈsəʊʃəbəl) /

  1. friendly or companionable

  2. (of an occasion) providing the opportunity for friendliness and conviviality

  1. mainly US another name for social (def. 9)

  2. a type of open carriage with two seats facing each other

Origin of sociable

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

Derived forms of sociable

  • sociability or sociableness, noun
  • sociably, adverb

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