re·​lat·​able | \ ri-ˈlā-tə-bəl How to pronounce relatable (audio) \

Definition of relatable

1 : able to be related especially : able to be shown or established to have a causal or logical connection to something Some of these linguistic simplifications are directly relatable to the loss of certain language functions … — William A. Foley
2 US : able to be related to : possible to understand, like, or have sympathy for because of similarities to oneself or one's own experiences a movie featuring strong but relatable characters Thriftier threads can make high-rolling politicos and their wives seem more relatable.— Roya Wolverson

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relatability \ ri-​ˌlā-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce relatable (audio) \ noun
He also maintained an outsized relatability, as the kind of guy who seemed more at ease with commoners than with any media elite. — Richard Hoffer

Examples of relatable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The movie trilogy, which is based off the book series by Jenny Han, follows high school couple Lara Jean Covey and Peter Kavinsky's relatable and quirky romance. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "This Wallpaper Looks Exactly Like Lara Jean's Iconic Bedroom Walls From 'To All the Boys'," 17 Feb. 2021 In other words, a highly relatable character for another outer-borough kid who managed to press her way into Manhattan’s moneyed corridors. Washington Post, "What happened to Maria Bartiromo?," 23 Dec. 2020 Mulaney said on Jimmy Kimmel Live, in a highly relatable description of how a lack of routine can mess with our inner lives. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "John Mulaney says he took a job on Seth Meyers’ show for his own mental health," 3 Dec. 2020 And yet, in 2010, in a fashion landscape that had little voice or sense of humour, Gevinson and Medine Cohen — witty, hilarious, relatable, and indisputably stylish — seemed like the future. Irina Grechko,, "When The Arm Party Is Over: Inside The Rise & Fall Of The Man Repeller Aesthetic," 29 Oct. 2020 The whole style vibe overall is super relatable: dressing up just to get some fresh air. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Irina Shayk’s Latest Outfit Reveals the Power of Accessories," 21 Jan. 2021 Whether it’s drinking a latte before the rest of the household wakes up or locking the door to the bathroom for 10 minutes (ahem, relatable), these easy suggestions go a long way toward reclaiming your sanity. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Celebrity Moms on the Me-Time Rituals That Help Them Unwind," 1 Dec. 2020 In the cover story, the two banter about Alain de Botton novels, how Pilates has loosened up Styles’ hamstrings, and watching Clueless during lockdown (relatable). Eliza Huber,, "Harry Styles’ Dress On The Cover Of Vogue Is A Sign Of The Times," 14 Nov. 2020 Instead of showing us a complete dance, Ms. Tanowitz presents something more intriguing and, given our emotional mood, relatable: the shards of one. New York Times, "Dancing on Grass and Concrete at New York City Ballet," 2 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of relatable

circa 1720, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of relatable was circa 1720

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3 Mar 2021

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“Relatable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of relatable

US : possible to understand because of being like something you have known, experienced, etc.

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