Definition of sociable in English:



  • 1Willing to talk and engage in activities with other people; friendly.

    ‘being a sociable person, Eva loved entertaining’
    • ‘His remaining family described Mr Skelton as a sociable man, but whose life revolved around his house and the immediate vicinity.’
    • ‘Oliver was a very sociable character: everybody respected him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You seem to be able communicate in a very friendly and sociable way, as if we were the closest of friends.’
    • ‘Alex's sociable nature took a hold of him as soon as they stepped outdoors.’
    • ‘Davis has become sensitive to family life, but not so sensitive that it changes who he is, a lively, sociable sort who throws himself into everything.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was a sociable child, and I picked up the language in no time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Michelle was once very sociable, but friends have fallen away because she is constantly exhausted.’
    • ‘Steve was an outgoing and sociable man who was loved by all who met him.’
    • ‘We see the ‘good guy’ of the oligarchs, Vladimir Evtushenkov, as an accessible and sociable conversationalist.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was a quiet, pleasant, sociable man and he regularly walked dogs for his neighbours.’
    • ‘He described his mother as a friendly, active and sociable woman who had recovered from the death of her husband.’
    • ‘A typical teenager, John loved music, skateboarding and was sociable and outgoing and tried every activity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was always a gregarious and sociable person and loved to set up opportunities for people from all walks of life to come together.’
    • ‘A sociable man, there was nothing Peter enjoyed more than a ramble to the houses of his neighbours for a chat about old times.’
    • ‘He was a sociable guy who loved company and working with people.’
    friendly, affable, amicable, cordial, neighbourly, hospitable, companionable, gregarious, convivial, clubbable
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    1. 1.1 (of a place, occasion, or activity) characterized by friendliness or social interaction.
      ‘a very sociable little village’
      • ‘It's a sociable port, with jaunty coconut palms lining its brassy waterfront, an agreeable jumble of architectural styles and a very lived-in sense of its own history.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Whisky tastings can be fun and sociable occasions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘On some farms, where there might be half a dozen land girls working and living together in the farmhouse or billeted in nearby hostels, these were happy, sociable years.’
      • ‘Travelling through locks is a sociable activity which attracts large crowds, particularly when a vessel as large as ours arrives.’
      • ‘All bridge players are welcome to attend and to join in a friendly and sociable afternoon.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The beer and pub sector operates by selling alcohol responsibly and providing a sociable environment within which people can have a drink and enjoy a night out.’
      • ‘The downstairs bar is a hive of diversity, with shoppers, tradesmen, suits and tourists contributing to the sociable atmosphere.’
      • ‘The bar allowed guests to relax in a sociable setting with villagers from the artisan village down the road who came nearly every night.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Although superb for couples seeking solitude, a short river taxi ride takes more sociable guests to the lively village of Neos Marmaras, where there are plenty of additional bars and restaurants.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Travelling on the tram was a sociable activity as the same conductors and motormen were on the same timetable most days.’
      • ‘Walking can be done anytime/anywhere and can be a sociable exercise.’
      • ‘Anyone who enjoys good food and good company in a sociable environment.’
      • ‘When the pizzas emerge, crusty and brown, from the oven, everyone shares creation after creation in an evening of deliciously sociable adventure.’
      • ‘Netley on New Year's Eve is quite a functional, sociable place.’
      • ‘There's a lively and sociable hum to the bar right up until last orders at 1am.’


  • 1historical An open carriage with facing side seats.

    • ‘He commissioned a "sociable" which was bright yellow in colour and built like a motor coach without an engine.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 A tricycle with two seats side by side.
      • ‘I was riding in a charity ride a couple years ago and came along a couple who were riding a sociable, which is not a true tandem (since the riders are alongside one another, not one in front of the other), I suppose, but which was cool nonetheless.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Two-seat, recumbent 'sociables', as their name implies, make cycling a pleasure shared.’
    2. 1.2British An S-shaped couch for two people who sit partially facing each other.
  • 2US dated An informal social gathering.

    ‘a church sociable’
    • ‘The play moves from Fourth of July celebrations to an Ice Cream Sociable.’
    • ‘They spoke of every-day things, of the prospect of snow, of the next church sociable, of the loves and quarrels of Starkfield.’


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