[soh-shuh-buh l]


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 formsso·cia·ble·ness, nounso·cia·bly, adverbnon·so·cia·ble, adjectivenon·so·cia·ble·ness, nounnon·so·cia·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sociable

Contemporary Examples of sociable

Historical Examples of sociable

  • In her father's household meals had always been friendly, sociable affairs.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • Another tempted him with offers of drink and sociable confabulation.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • He was not a man to do anything—much less be sociable—out of idleness.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • He was sitting with what was meant to be a sociable smile on his grim face.

  • I can't stay in that house alone any longer, it's—it's too sociable.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for sociable



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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