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1. Fond of the company of others; gregarious: a sociable party guest.
2. Marked by or affording occasion for agreeable conversation and conviviality. See Synonyms at social.
A social.

[French, from Latin sociābilis, from sociāre, to share, join, from socius, companion; see sekw- in Indo-European roots.]

so′cia·ble·ness n.
so′cia·bly adv.
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1. friendly or companionable
2. (of an occasion) providing the opportunity for friendliness and conviviality
3. chiefly US another name for social9
4. (Automotive Engineering) a type of open carriage with two seats facing each other
[C16: via French from Latin sociābilis, from sociāre to unite, from socius an associate]
ˌsociaˈbility, ˈsociableness n
ˈsociably adv
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(ˈsoʊ ʃə bəl)

1. inclined to associate with or be in the company of others.
2. friendly or agreeable in company; companionable.
3. characterized by agreeable companionship: a sociable evening.
[1545–55; < Latin sociābilis=sociā(re) to unite (derivative of socius partner, comrade) + -bilis -ble]
so′cia•ble•ness, n.
so′cia•bly, adv.
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, social, society - Sociable, social, society, etc. originate in Latin socius, "companion, fellow," or "colleague."
See also related terms for social.
Farlex Trivia Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.


1. 'social'

The adjective social is used in front of a noun. Its usual meaning is 'relating to society'.

We collect statistics on crime and other social problems.
They discussed the government's social and economic policy.

Social can also be used to describe things that relate to a people meeting or communicating with each other for pleasure, as a leisure activity.

We've met at social and business functions.
Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter became incredibly popular.
2. 'sociable'

Don't use 'social' to describe people who are friendly and enjoy talking to other people. Use sociable.

Kaito was an outgoing, sociable man.
She's very sociable and has lots of friends.
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An informal social event such as a Pie supper.
1001 Words and Phrases You Never Knew You Didn’t Know by W.R. Runyan Copyright © 2011 by W.R. Runyan
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sociable - a party of people assembled to promote sociability and communal activitysociable - a party of people assembled to promote sociability and communal activity
party - a group of people gathered together for pleasure; "she joined the party after dinner"
Adj.1.sociable - inclined to or conducive to companionship with others; "a sociable occasion"; "enjoyed a sociable chat"; "a sociable conversation"; "Americans are sociable and gregarious"
friendly - characteristic of or befitting a friend; "friendly advice"; "a friendly neighborhood"; "the only friendly person here"; "a friendly host and hostess"
extraversive, extroversive - directed outward; marked by interest in others or concerned with external reality
social - living together or enjoying life in communities or organized groups; "a human being is a social animal"; "mature social behavior"
unsociable - not inclined to society or companionship; "an unsociable nature...shy and reserved"; "generally unsociable except with intimate friends"; "unsociable behavior"; "an unsociable neighborhood"
2.sociable - friendly and pleasant; "a sociable gathering"
congenial - suitable to your needs; "a congenial atmosphere to work in"; "two congenial spirits mutual confidence and reciprocal virtues"- T.L.Peacock
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1. Liking company:
Chiefly British: matey.
2. Spent, marked by, or enjoyed in the company of others:
3. Pleasant and friendly in disposition:
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أنِيسأنيس، إجْتِماعي، مُحِب للمُخالَطَه
draugingasmėgstantis bendrauti
arkadaş canlısıhoşsohbetsosyal
dễ chan hòa


[ˈsəʊʃəbl] ADJ [person] → sociable, tratable; [occasion] → social
I don't feel very sociableno estoy para hacer vida social
I'll have one drink, just to be sociablepara hacerles compañía, tomaré una copa
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[ˈsəʊʃəbəl] adj [person] → sociable
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


adj (= gregarious)gesellig; (= friendly)freundlich; … just to be sociable…, man möchte sich ja nicht ausschließen; I’m not feeling very sociable todaymir ist heute nicht nach Geselligkeit (zumute or zu Mute); they eat together because it’s sociablesie essen aus Gründen der Geselligkeit zusammen
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


[ˈsəʊʃəbl] adj (person) → socievole, cordiale; (evening, gathering) → amichevole, tra amici
I don't feel very sociable → non ho molta voglia di vedere gente
I'll have one drink, just to be sociable → berrò qualcosa, tanto per gradire
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(ˈsəuʃəbl) adjective
(negative unsociable) fond of the company of others; friendly. He's a cheerful, sociable man.
ˈsociably adverb
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


أنِيس společenský social gesellig προσηνής sociable seurallinen sociable društven socievole 社交的な 사교적인 gezellig selskapelig towarzyski sociável компанейский sällskaplig เป็นมิตร sosyal dễ chan hòa 善于社交的
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We had lain thus in bed, chatting and napping at short intervals, and Queequeg now and then affectionately throwing his brown tattooed legs over mine, and then drawing them back; so entirely sociable and free and easy were we; when, at last, by reason of our confabulations, what little nappishness remained in us altogether departed, and we felt like getting up again, though day-break was yet some way down the future.
But the wood-fire is a kindly, cheerful, sociable spirit, sympathizing with mankind, and knowing that to create warmth is but one of the good offices which are expected from it.
"Old Man Eckert," as he was always called, was not of a sociable disposition and lived alone.
After we had been out two or three times together we grew quite friendly and sociable, which made me feel very much at home.
He said much of his earnest desire of their living in the most sociable terms with his family, and pressed them so cordially to dine at Barton Park every day till they were better settled at home, that, though his entreaties were carried to a point of perseverance beyond civility, they could not give offence.
"Well, of course, there are poets and poets, poets sociable and poets very unsociable.
All three were equally new, but numbers one and two were curtained and sedate, with a human, sociable look to them; while number three, with yawning door and unkempt garden, had apparently only just received its furniture and made itself ready for its occupants.
Reuben Limbrick was not a hospitable or a sociable man.
You're a gentleman, and as gentlemen you and George comes to the opinion that you're rather playin' it for all it's worth in this yer house, you know--comin' here night and day, off and on, reg'lar sociable and fam'ly like, and makin' people talk about things they ain't any call to talk about, and, what's a darned sight more, YOU FELLOWS ain't got any right YET to allow 'em to talk about, d'ye see?" he paused, out of breath.
One always felt that an orderly and very sociable kind of life was going on there.
It was in any case over MY life, MY past, and MY friends alone that we could take anything like our ease--a state of affairs that led them sometimes without the least pertinence to break out into sociable reminders.
It is astonishing how sociable I feel myself compared with him.