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genial

1
[jeen-yuhl, jee-nee-uhl]
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adjective
  1. warmly and pleasantly cheerful; cordial: a genial disposition; a genial host.
  2. favorable for life, growth, or comfort; pleasantly warm; comfortably mild: the genial climate of Hawaii.
  3. characterized by genius.
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Origin of genial

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1560–70; < Latin geniālis festive, jovial, pleasant, equivalent to geni(us) tutelary deity, the spirit of social enjoyment + -ālis -al1
Related formsgen·ial·ly, adverbge·ni·al·i·ty [jee-nee-al-i-tee] /ˌdʒi niˈæl ɪ ti/, gen·ial·ness, nouno·ver·ge·ni·al·i·ty, noun

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genial

2
[juh-nahy-uh l]
adjective Anatomy, Zoology.
  1. of or relating to the chin.
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Origin of genial

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1825–35; < Greek génei(on) chin, derivative of gén(ys) jaw (compare Latin gena) + -al1
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Related Words for genial

pleasant, amiable, easygoing, upbeat, sunny, jolly, cheerful, gentle, jovial, chipper, sociable, kindly, congenial, affable, gracious, cheery, convivial, good-natured, agreeable, amicable

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Historical Examples of genial

  • Mr. Roberts threw back his head and laughed,—a genial, hearty laugh.

  • "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

    Jules Verne


British Dictionary definitions for genial

genial

1
adjective
  1. cheerful, easy-going, and warm in manner or behaviour
  2. pleasantly warm, so as to give life, growth, or healththe genial sunshine
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Derived Formsgeniality (ˌdʒiːnɪˈælɪtɪ) or genialness, noungenially, adverb

Word Origin for genial

C16: from Latin geniālis relating to birth or marriage, from genius tutelary deity; see genius

genial

2
adjective
  1. anatomy of or relating to the chin
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Word Origin for genial

C19: from Greek geneion, from genus jaw
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Word Origin and History for genial

adj.

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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

genial in Medicine

genial

(jĭ-nīəl)
adj.
  1. Of or relating to the chin.
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