- warmly and pleasantly cheerful; cordial: a genial disposition; a genial host.
- favorable for life, growth, or comfort; pleasantly warm; comfortably mild: the genial climate of Hawaii.
- characterized by genius.
Origin of genial1
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- of or relating to the chin.
Origin of genial2
Examples from the Web for genial
And finally, they meet Un (Randall Park), who appears to be nothing but genial and fun-loving—especially to Dave.Sony’s ‘The Interview’: A Glorious, Patriotic, and Katy Perry-Filled Mess
December 24, 2014
All was jolly and genial between the king of late night and the pretender to the throne.Stephen Colbert’s Groveling ‘Late Show’ Debut
April 23, 2014
Some wandered in a genial trance wearing the faraway, slightly shell-shocked look of the recently colonically irrigated.My Week At An Austrian Fat Camp
October 27, 2013
Hiddleston, a genial fellow, looks mighty dapper in a bespoke three-piece suit.Tom Hiddleston On His Rocker-Vampire in ‘Only Lovers Left Alive,’ ‘Thor 2,’ and ‘Avengers 2’
September 7, 2013
It was a culture nibbling on the genial jingoism of Norman Vincent Peale and being made somewhat uncomfortable by Adlai Stevenson.Why Elvis Presley Never Really Died
August 16, 2013
Mr. Roberts threw back his head and laughed,—a genial, hearty laugh.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
"Come in, Margaret, and put down your basket," said the colonel in a genial tone.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
Reaching it, he paused, offering the hand of genial fellowship.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
He invariably encouraged humour, this genial philanthropist.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
Before long it was roaring, and diffusing a genial warmth on all sides.The Field of Ice
- cheerful, easy-going, and warm in manner or behaviour
- pleasantly warm, so as to give life, growth, or healththe genial sunshine
- anatomy of or relating to the chin
Word Origin and History for genial
1560s, "pertaining to marriage," from Latin genialis "pleasant, festive," literally "pertaining to marriage rites," from genius "guardian spirit" (see genius). Originally used in the Latin literal sense; meaning "cheerful, friendly" first recorded 1746. Related: Genially.
- Of or relating to the chin.