Adjective "sociable" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Willing to talk and engage in activities with other people; friendly.
  1. 'His remaining family described Mr Skelton as a sociable man, but whose life revolved around his house and the immediate vicinity.'
  2. 'He was a friendly neighbour and sociable man, always with enough time to smoke a pipeful of good tobacco, or verse about the weather crops and things that affected the daily lives of people.'
  3. 'Alex's sociable nature took a hold of him as soon as they stepped outdoors.'
  4. 'The late Mary, who was pre-deceased by her husband Jim, was a lovely sociable lady with a good sense of humour and a kind and generous spirit.'
  5. 'Blue, 41, was a sociable type, with a close circle of friends, many of whom were professionals: accountants, lawyers and businessmen he got to know as he sold them cars over the years.'
  6. 'Steve was an outgoing and sociable man who was loved by all who met him.'
  7. 'A very sociable man, he had his own chair at his ‘local’ where he was appreciated as a raconteur of amusing and highly-embroidered stories.'
  8. 'He described his mother as a friendly, active and sociable woman who had recovered from the death of her husband.'
  9. 'There were several other men working in that lab and Olivia's heartfelt hope was that by associating with them, Arthur would begin to regain the sociable nature that had been such a key characteristic of his before he went off to war.'
  10. 'A sociable man, there was nothing Peter enjoyed more than a ramble to the houses of his neighbours for a chat about old times.'
  11. 'a very sociable little village'
  12. 'Very often, charities have to come up with ingenious ways to raise cash, but one of the more enjoyable and sociable ideas is The Coffee Morning.'
  13. 'I live with my seventeen-year-old son who has an enviable social life so we are not often eating at the same time; on the odd occasion we do manage to hook up we do eat together and have a civilised sociable meal.'
  14. 'Travelling through locks is a sociable activity which attracts large crowds, particularly when a vessel as large as ours arrives.'
  15. 'Once we started selling at busy, sociable markets in the suburbs and the city, where we met customers and other farmers, we not only made a modest profit - we began to have more fun.'
  16. 'The downstairs bar is a hive of diversity, with shoppers, tradesmen, suits and tourists contributing to the sociable atmosphere.'
  17. 'Dinners take place in the family dining room and are a sociable affair, with a choice of two menus served up on giant silver platters in the centre of a huge, oval mahogany table.'
  18. 'There are 150 affiliated athletics and running clubs in Scotland, and while some are geared to serious athletes, most are friendly, open and sociable places to start training.'
  19. 'Walking can be done anytime/anywhere and can be a sociable exercise.'
  20. 'When the pizzas emerge, crusty and brown, from the oven, everyone shares creation after creation in an evening of deliciously sociable adventure.'
  21. 'There's a lively and sociable hum to the bar right up until last orders at 1am.'


An open carriage with facing side seats.
  1. 'John Rickman and his daughters drove in from Wellingham in an old fashioned family carriage called a sociable which opened at the back like an omnibus.'
  2. 'On the way to the restaurant we passed a bike shop with a sociable, a side by side tandem, if you will, in the window.'
An informal social gathering.
  1. 'The play moves from Fourth of July celebrations to an Ice Cream Sociable.'


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 at the home of friends. noun

4. Chiefly Northern and Midland U.S. an informal social gathering, especially of members of a church.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be sociable by things."

"broodmares can be sociable with horses."

"people can be sociable."

"holidays can be sociable."

"children can be sociable."

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Mid 16th century: from French, or from Latin sociabilis, from sociare ‘unite’, from socius ‘companion’.