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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. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for geniality
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  • She sympathised with it now, for a little comfort had restored her geniality.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • It was months since Natt had witnessed such an access of geniality on Paul's part.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • Rubinstein was all courtesy, all geniality, all encouragement.

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter
  • As he advanced to me his manner was almost urbane in its geniality.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • The ruddy countenance of the pumpkin was the very picture of geniality.

    By the Christmas Fire

    Samuel McChord Crothers
  • Few natures were proof against the geniality of the brilliant Frenchman.

    The Yellow Claw Sax Rohmer
  • "Chevalier is the word you want," suggested Malcolm, responding to his geniality.

    The Book of All-Power Edgar Wallace
  • The river has an aspect of kindliness and geniality and life-givingness.

    The Heart of Nature Francis Younghusband
  • "Yes, your hair ribbons, you know," he added hastily and with an attempt at geniality.

    Jewel Clara Louise Burnham
British Dictionary definitions for geniality


/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 geniality

pertaining to the chin

Word Origin

Greek geneion 'chin''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for geniality

c.1600, "festivity;" 1650s, "cheerfulness," from Late Latin genialitas "festivity, pleasantness," from Latin genialis (see 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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geniality 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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