ge·​nial | \ ˈjēn-yəl How to pronounce genial (audio) , ˈjē-nē-əl \

Definition of genial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : marked by or freely expressing sympathy or friendliness your genial host
b : favorable to growth or comfort : mild genial sunshine
2 : displaying or marked by genius genial insights
3 obsolete : of or relating to marriage or generation … the genial bed …— John Milton
4 obsolete : inborn, native
ge·​ni·​al | \ ji-ˈnī(-ə)l How to pronounce genial (audio) \

Definition of genial (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to the chin

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Adjective (1)

geniality \ ˌjē-​nē-​ˈa-​lə-​tē How to pronounce geniality (audio) , jēn-​ˈyal-​ \ noun
genially \ ˈjēn-​yə-​lē How to pronounce genially (audio) \ adverb

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Adjective (1)

gracious, cordial, affable, genial, sociable mean markedly pleasant and easy in social intercourse. gracious implies courtesy and kindly consideration. the gracious award winner thanked her colleagues cordial stresses warmth and heartiness. our host was cordial as he greeted us affable implies easy approachability and readiness to respond pleasantly to conversation or requests or proposals. though wealthy, she was affable to all genial stresses cheerfulness and even joviality. a genial companion with a ready quip sociable suggests a genuine liking for the companionship of others. sociable people who enjoy entertaining

First Known Use of genial

Adjective (1)

circa 1547, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Adjective (2)

1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for genial

Adjective (1)

Latin genialis, from genius

Adjective (2)

Greek geneion chin, from genys jaw — more at chin

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“Genial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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ge·​nial | \ ˈjēn-yəl How to pronounce genial (audio) \

Kids Definition of genial

: cheerful and pleasant a genial host

Other Words from genial

genially \ ˈjēn-​yə-​lē \ adverb


ge·​ni·​al | \ ji-ˈnī(-ə)l How to pronounce genial (audio) \

Medical Definition of genial

: of or relating to the chin

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