per·​son·​able ˈpərs-nə-bəl How to pronounce personable (audio)
: pleasant or amiable in person : attractive
personableness noun

Examples of personable in a Sentence

The hostess was very personable. He is a personable young man.
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of personable was in the 15th century

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“Personable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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per·​son·​able ˈpərs-nə-bəl How to pronounce personable (audio)
: pleasing in appearance or manner
personableness noun

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