Definition of generous
1 archaic : highborn
2a : characterized by a noble or kindly spirit : magnanimous, kindly a generous heartb : liberal in giving : openhanded a generous benefactorc : marked by abundance or ample proportions wide overhangs and generous verandas — Lewis Mumford : copious a thin salt-and-pepper moustache interrupted by a generous nose — Richard Zabel
Examples of generous in a Sentence
The school raised the money through donations from generous alumni.
He was generous with both his time and his money.
She has always been very generous toward the poor.
This restaurant is known for its generous portions.
a generous helping of mashed potatoes
She has a generous heart.
He has generous sympathy for unemployed workers.
Recent Examples of generous from the Web
Apply false lashes and a generous coat of mascara to really make your eyes pop.
Those same companies — places like Google, Facebook, Cerner — offer generous benefit packages to even entry level employees.
Under those measures, states could set their own standards that might not be as generous, allowing insurers to exclude benefits for those with preexisting illness.
A generous bed of leafy greens and bitter frisée were tossed with just the right amount of basil vinaigrette.
The president’s travels throughout the country often garner more generous — and positive — headlines in the local press.
Andrew Miller handled the ninth for his first save of the year, perhaps benefiting from a generous strike zone on a strikeout of Escobar and an inconclusive replay review of Rosario’s game-ending headfirst slide into first.
The lobster is as fresh and delicious and generous as could be.
U.S. retirees and Mexican residents alike note that expats are generous with their time and money.
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Origin and Etymology of generous
Middle French or Latin; Middle French genereus, from Latin generosus, from gener-, genus
First Known Use: 1583See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of generous
GENEROUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of generous for English Language Learners
: freely giving or sharing money and other valuable things
: providing more than the amount that is needed or normal : abundant or ample
: showing kindness and concern for others
GENEROUS Defined for Kids
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