Definition of amiable
- an amiable host
- amiable neighbors
- an amiable comedy
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Everyone knew him as an amiable fellow.
She had an amiable conversation with her friend.
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Amiable derives from the Late Latin adjective amicabilis, meaning "friendly," which in turn comes from the Latin word for "friend" and can ultimately be traced back to amare, meaning "to love." When amiable was adopted into English in the 14th century, it meant "pleasing" or "admirable," but that sense is now obsolete. The current, familiar senses of "generally agreeable" ("an amiable movie") and "friendly and sociable" came centuries later. Amare has also given English speakers such words as amative and amorous (both meaning "strongly moved by love"), amour ("a usually illicit love affair"), and even amateur (which originally meant "admirer").
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: friendly and pleasant
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