af·​fec·​tion·​ate | \ ə-ˈfek-sh(ə-)nət How to pronounce affectionate (audio) \

Definition of affectionate

1 : feeling or showing affection or warm regard : loving affectionate friends an affectionate nickname
2 : motivated by affection : tender affectionate care
3 obsolete : inclined, disposed

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Other Words from affectionate

affectionately adverb

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Examples of affectionate in a Sentence

an affectionate child who gives hugs and kisses freely
Recent Examples on the Web Women circulated friendship albums and filled their pages with affectionate verse. Rhaina Cohen, The Atlantic, "When a Friend Is Your Life Partner," 20 Oct. 2020 Your romantic partner may be more affectionate than usual. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Oct. 18, 2020: Taurus, social calendar fills; Virgo, compromise to make everyone happy," 18 Oct. 2020 During a Fox News interview Trump described affectionate family members of slain soldiers pressing close to him and the inherent risk such close contact poses during a viral pandemic. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Oct. 2-8," 16 Oct. 2020 After all, one of her greatest comforts throughout her recovery has been Neptune, who seemed to grow even more affectionate in the wake of the attack. al, "She Went Out For A Walk. Then Drogo The Police Dog Charged.," 15 Oct. 2020 After all, one of her greatest comforts throughout her recovery has been Neptune, who seemed to grow even more affectionate in the wake of the attack. Maurice Chammah And Abbie Vansickle, USA TODAY, "She went out for a walk. Then Drogo the police dog charged.," 15 Oct. 2020 Nicholas Basbanes doesn’t include this anecdote in Cross of Snow, his affectionate new biography of Longfellow. Brenda Wineapple, The New York Review of Books, "Longfellow’s Gentle Phantoms," 6 Oct. 2020 As the Cowboy, one of Harold’s birthday presents, Charlie Carver imbues the slow-witted hustler character with an affectionate sweetness that only throws into relief Michael’s gratuitous cruelty. Charles Mcnulty, Detroit Free Press, "Jim Parsons heads cast of Netflix’s solid remake of gay classic ‘The Boys in the Band’," 30 Sep. 2020 Gorillas are affectionate creatures, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund notes. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Elvis lives? Gorilla curls lip like 'The King' in viral photo," 27 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of affectionate

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for affectionate

partly borrowed from Medieval Latin affectiōnātus "inclined, disposed, well-disposed," from Latin affectiōn-, affectiō affection + -ātus -ate entry 3; partly formed from affection + -ate entry 3 after Middle French affectionné "having affection for," past participle of affectionner "to have affection for," derivative of affection

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23 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Affectionate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of affectionate

: feeling or showing love and affection


af·​fec·​tion·​ate | \ ə-ˈfek-shə-nət How to pronounce affectionate (audio) \

Kids Definition of affectionate

: feeling or showing a great liking for a person or thing : loving an affectionate friend

Other Words from affectionate

affectionately adverb She patted his head affectionately.

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