[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. soccer mom,
  2. socceroos,
  3. soche,
  4. sochi,
  5. sociability,
  6. social,
  7. social accounting,
  8. social action,
  9. social and liberal democratic party,
  10. social assistance

Origin of sociable

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

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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 Formssociability 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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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.)).

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