What does sociable mean?

Definitions for sociable
ˈsoʊ ʃə bəlso·cia·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sociable, social, mixeradjective

    a party of people assembled to promote sociability and communal activity

  2. sociableadjective

    inclined to or conducive to companionship with others

    "a sociable occasion"; "enjoyed a sociable chat"; "a sociable conversation"; "Americans are sociable and gregarious"

  3. sociableadjective

    friendly and pleasant

    "a sociable gathering"


  1. sociableadjective

    Tending to socialize or be social; friendly; inviting; congenial.

    He's normally pretty quiet, but he gets much more sociable around women.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SOCIABLEadjective

    Etymology: sociable, French; sociabilis, Latin.

    Another law toucheth them as they are sociable parts united into one body; a law which bindeth them each to serve unto other’s good, and all to prefer the good of the whole before whatsoever their own particular. Richard Hooker.

    To make man mild, and sociable to man;
    To cultivate the wild licentious savage
    With wisdom, discipline. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Them thus employ’d, beheld
    With pity heav’n’s high King, and to him call’d
    Raphael, the sociable spirit, that deign’d
    To travel with Tobias. John Milton.

    In children much solitude and silence I like not, nor any thing born before his time, as this must needs be in that sociable and exposed age. Henry Wotton.


  1. Sociable

    The sociable or buddy bike or side by side bicycle is a bicycle that supports two riders who sit next to one another, in contrast to a tandem bicycle, where the riders sit fore and aft. The name "sociable" alludes to the relative ease with which the two cyclists can speak with each other, unlike on the tandem.


  1. sociable

    Sociable is an adjective used to describe someone who is friendly, outgoing, enjoys being with and interacting with others by participating in social activities. It can also refer to a situation, environment, or event that encourages friendly behavior and social interaction.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sociablenoun

    a gathering of people for social purposes; an informal party or reception; as, a church sociable

  2. Sociablenoun

    a carriage having two double seats facing each other, and a box for the driver


  1. Sociable

    The Sociable or Buddy Bike or Side By Side Bicycle is a bicycle that supports two riders who sit side by side.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sociable

    sō′sha-bl, adj. inclined to society: fit for company: companionable: affording opportunities for intercourse.—n. a four-wheeled open carriage with seats facing: a tricycle for two persons side by side: a couch with a curved S-shaped back: (U.S.) an informal party, a social church meeting.—ns. Sōciabil′ity, Sō′ciableness, quality of being sociable: good-fellowship.—adv. Sō′ciably.—adj. Sō′cial, pertaining to society or companionship: relating to men united in a society: inclined for friendly intercourse: consisting in mutual converse: convivial: associating together, gregarious: growing in patches.—v.t. Sō′cialise, to reduce to a social state: to render social.—ns. Sō′cialism, the name given to any one of various schemes for regenerating society by a more equal distribution of property, and esp. by substituting the principle of association for that of competition; Sō′cialist, an adherent of socialism.—adj. Socialist′ic.—ns. Social′ity, Sō′cialness.—adv. Sō′cially.—adjs. Sō′ciātive, expressing association; Societā′rian, Socī′etary, of or pertaining to society.—ns. Socī′ety, fellowship, companionship: a number of persons associated for a common interest: a community or partnership: the civilised body of mankind, those who are recognised as the leaders in fashionable life, the fashionable world generally: persons who associate: any organised association for purposes literary, scientific, philanthropic, or ecclesiastical; Socī′ety-house, a printing office which conforms to the rules of a trade-union; Socī′ety-verse, poetry light and entertaining, treating of the topics of society so called.—Social science, sociology, esp. the branch treating of the existing institutions of men as members of society, the science which treats of social relations; Social War, the war (90-88 b.c.) in which the Italian tribes known as the allies (Socii) fought for admission into Roman citizenship.—Socialism of the Chair, a term first applied about 1872 in ridicule to the doctrines of a school of political economists in Germany whose aim was mainly to better the condition of the working-classes through remedial state-legislation, by factory-acts, savings-banks, insurances against sickness and old age, shortening the hours of labour, sanitation, &c.—also called Professorial socialism, and having much the same ends and methods as the State socialism of Bismarck.—Christian socialism, a movement for applying Christian ethics to social reform, led by Maurice, Kingsley, and others about 1848-52.—The societies, bodies that began to be organised in 1681 for the maintenance of Presbyterian worship in the face of persecution—ultimately forming the Reformed Presbyterian Church. [Fr.,—L. sociabilissociāre, to associate—socius, a companion.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Sociable

    An open carriage with two seats, thus admitting of its riders being face to face.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sociable in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sociable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of sociable in a Sentence

  1. John Gay:

    Lions, wolves, and vultures don't live together in herds, droves or flocks. Of all animals of prey, man is the only sociable one. Every one of us preys upon his neighbor, and yet we herd together.

  2. Beattie Edmondson:

    He's probably the most professional actor I've ever worked with. He's just very like on the mark, always hits his mark, always gets his tricks right, does it in one take, but...(he) isn't very sociable. He's a bit of a diva. He really doesn't want to socialize with me between takes which I was quite upset about.

  3. Benjamin Franklin:

    Be civil to all sociable to many familiar with few friend to one enemy to none.

  4. Benjamin Franklin:

    Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.

  5. La Bruy?re:

    We are more sociable and get on better with people by the heart than the intellect.

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