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[jeen-yuh l, jee-nee-uh l] /ˈdʒin yəl, ˈdʒi ni əl/
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
1560-70; < Latin geniālis festive, jovial, pleasant, equivalent to geni(us) tutelary deity, the spirit of social enjoyment + -ālis -al1
Related forms
genially, adverb
[jee-nee-al-i-tee] /ˌdʒi niˈæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
genialness, noun
overgeniality, noun
1. friendly, hearty, pleasant, agreeable.


[juh-nahy-uh l] /dʒəˈnaɪ əl/
adjective, Anatomy, Zoology.
of or relating to the chin.
1825-35; < Greek génei(on) chin, derivative of gén(ys) jaw (compare Latin gena) + -al1 Unabridged
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  • This warmed the house to a genial glow, and the play started with spirit.

    The Light of the Star Hamlin Garland
  • The child was astir before we got back to the genial warmth of the stove.

    Labrador Days Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
  • genial courtesy rather than strict attention to the rules had been the leading characteristics of their play till his arrival.

    The Man Upstairs P. G. Wodehouse
  • Still an' all, lad, I'm a genial man, an' I'll not deny that I'm unhappy.

    Harbor Tales Down North Norman Duncan
  • All had been, for half an hour, in the remote state of New York with this genial railroading pirate of the old school.

    The Road Builders Samuel Merwin
British Dictionary definitions for genial


/ˈdʒiːnjəl; -nɪəl/
cheerful, easy-going, and warm in manner or behaviour
pleasantly warm, so as to give life, growth, or health: the genial sunshine
Derived Forms
geniality (ˌdʒiːnɪˈælɪtɪ), genialness, noun
genially, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin geniālis relating to birth or marriage, from genius tutelary deity; see genius


(anatomy) of or relating to the chin
Word Origin
C19: from Greek geneion, from genus jaw
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Contemporary definitions for genial

pertaining to the chin

Word Origin

Greek geneion 'chin''s 21st Century Lexicon
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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.

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genial in Medicine

genial ge·ni·al (jĭ-nī'əl) or ge·ni·an (-ən)
Of or relating to the chin.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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