[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 sociably

Historical Examples of sociably

  • "But you're not English," said Peter sociably, his arms on the table.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James

  • Kitchener had learned to speak the Arab tongue not only freely but sociably.

    Lord Kitchener

    G. K. Chesterton

  • Apart from nervousness, she was sociably inclined, and yearned for company.

  • Tavernake was not sociably inclined and took no pains to conceal the fact.

    The Tempting of Tavernake

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • Undertakers who were sociably disposed took each other's measures, composed epitaphs, and talked about cremation.

    Southerly Busters

    (AKA Ironbark) G. H. Gibson

British Dictionary definitions for sociably



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 sociably



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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