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
As far as charitable giving goes, the U.S. is a very generous country.
This allows the West to appear generous, not imperialist.
Oh, the 80s. Popped collars, the generous pleats of Z. Cavaricci pants, the argyle for days, and the many peppy, preppy girls who happily answered to Jennifer, Jessica…or Muffy.
Apply false lashes and a generous coat of mascara to really make your eyes pop.
Here's the deal: Every Basecamp employee is entitled to a generous salary, health insurance, retirement plans, and paid time-off.
Those same companies — places like Google, Facebook, Cerner — offer generous benefit packages to even entry level employees.
That’s up seven points in two years, making rewards twice popular as any other card feature. While generous travel benefits are the main perks of premium credit cards, the vast majority of consumers are more focused on getting cash back.
Uganda has been praised for its generous policy toward refugees, including the allocation of plots of land for growing food.
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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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