per·​son·​able | \ ˈpərs-nə-bəl How to pronounce personable (audio) , ˈpər-sə-nə-bəl\

Definition of personable

: pleasant or amiable in person : attractive

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Other Words from personable

personableness noun

Examples of personable in a Sentence

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

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Hilliard and the crew can share pictures and videos to make the creatures more personable and stress the importance of keeping them a part of the ecosystem, but people tend to have a short attention span and be dismissive. Andrew Nicla,, "Late hours, no pay, diminishing returns: Scouring the Arizona desert for black-footed ferrets," 10 July 2019 After several years Marty returned to Florida and found employment at Winners World, Johnnies Rec Room and Four Corners Bingo where he was said to be extremely personable and very well liked., "Deaths in South Florida: 6/30," 30 June 2019 The witty and personable Harris has also hosted four Tony and two Emmy telecasts. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Pride Month: 25 Memorable LGBTQ Moments in Award Show History," 7 June 2019 And our very personable server didn’t seem to mind guiding the continual libation traffic. Tim Smith,, "Pairings Bistro in Bel Air delivers imaginative food and wine," 21 May 2018 The restaurant delivers a good time (thanks to very personable bartenders and servers) and seems to be selling its patrons on the idea that lack of focus is the focus. Phil Vettel,, "Review: Sky's the limit with ambitious Santo Cielo," 18 May 2018 Invariably described as charming and personable, Mr. Higdon raised millions of dollars for the organization, which provides support for some of Prince Charles’s primary interests, including architecture, historic preservation and the environment. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Robert M. Higdon, fundraiser and longtime Reagan family associate, dies at 58," 21 June 2018 Lady James is one of the most personable and charming hosts in town. Trevor Fraser,, "Review: Corsets & Cuties -- Harlots - Fringe 2018," 14 May 2018 Highly energetic and personable, Ms. Steffens is known for being honest about her failures and using setbacks to challenge herself and her team. Sam Walker, WSJ, "Close the Hall of Fame, Cancel the MVP Award: There’s a Better Way," 27 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of personable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of personable

: friendly or pleasant in manner : easy to get along with


per·​son·​able | \ ˈpərs-nə-bəl How to pronounce personable (audio) , ˈpər-sə-nə-bəl\

Kids Definition of personable

: pleasing in appearance or manner

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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