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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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 Framed as a series of interviews with Mr. Rams at home in Kronberg, Germany, and on a walk around London, the excerpt supplies some of the personable warmth that the designer himself exudes but the show lacks. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "‘Dieter Rams: Principled Design’ Review: Improving, Not Replacing," 20 Nov. 2018 Director Travis Knight is the president and CEO of the animation studio Laika, which produced the personable, weird, elaborate stop-motion fantasies Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The Verge fall movie preview, December 2018," 7 Sep. 2018 At the turn of the decade, the band’s approach shifted into personal, personable verses. Zoë Madonna,, "Rays of light from Dirty Projectors on ‘Lamp-Lit Prose’," 11 July 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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