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 relatability (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

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As outlandish as Pose’s characters can be, they are all lit from within by a deep and relatable love for each other. Kristen Baldwin,, "Pose acts up, sparks joy in season 2: EW review," 7 June 2019 But portraying it in ways that have not been seen is actually pretty relatable and kinda speaks to people. Susan Hornik,, "About the other night: Zendaya, Storm Reid, Drake take in HBO’s ‘Euphoria’ premiere," 6 June 2019 Reese Witherspoon's lookalike daughter Ava Phillippe is finishing her freshmen year of college—and Reese had a very relatable reaction to her daughter's departure for college. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Reese Witherspoon Cried When Her Daughter Ava Left For College," 20 May 2019 Regardless of the exact dynamics in her personal life, the song — which weaves in experiences about being adopted and yet growing up knowing her birth mother — is relatable to nearly anyone with a relationship to a primary caregiver and a body. Allure, "Musician Lucy Dacus Opens Up About Body Image, Her Moms, and More in New Interview," 24 Apr. 2019 Serena Williams and Meghan Markle have been friends since 2010, and their chats are still very relatable—even though the latter is now literally a duchess. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Serena Williams Told Meghan Markle to 'Stop Being So Nice'," 7 Dec. 2018 While at the event, the couple shared a sweet — yet totally relatable — message for the new parents. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Had a Hilarious Reaction to the Royal Baby's Birth," 7 May 2019 This is how relatable Loyola’s players are: Back at the team hotel after Saturday’s shootaround, someone wanted to take a picture with a group of players. David Haugh,, "Cinderella's off to the Alamo: Loyola routs K-State, earns school's first Final Four in 55 years," 25 Mar. 2018 Basically, Teigen's extremely relatable tweet is for everyone who's ever been struck by the reality of being pregnant. Amy Mackelden, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen’s Latest Pregnancy Update Is Typically Hilarious," 4 Feb. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of relatable

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

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