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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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  • And it was the geniality of his reply that won him a place in the society of Forks Settlement at once.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • The river has an aspect of kindliness and geniality and life-givingness.

    The Heart of Nature Francis Younghusband
  • Into the accents of the other there crept magically a trace of geniality.

    The Day of Days Louis Joseph Vance
  • Was this only the duty of the host, or did his geniality conceal some hidden scheme?

    The Champdoce Mystery Emile Gaboriau
  • The freshness, charm and geniality of her satire temporarily convert us to her most advanced views.

    The home Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • It was months since Natt had witnessed such an access of geniality on Paul's part.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • There were curious lines about his mouth, his eyes were a little sunken, his geniality was a trifle forced.

    To Win the Love He Sought E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • "Chevalier is the word you want," suggested Malcolm, responding to his geniality.

    The Book of All-Power Edgar Wallace
  • The men who link genius with geniality are the true salt of the earth, but they are marvellously few in number.

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.

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