genial

1
[ jeen-yuhl, jee-nee-uhl ]
/ ˈdʒin yəl, ˈdʒi ni əl /

adjective

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 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

Definition for genial (2 of 2)

genial

2
[ juh-nahy-uh l ]
/ dʒəˈnaɪ əl /

adjective Anatomy, Zoology.

of or relating to the chin.

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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British Dictionary definitions for genial (1 of 2)

genial

1
/ (ˈdʒiːnjəl, -nɪəl) /

adjective

cheerful, easy-going, and warm in manner or behaviour
pleasantly warm, so as to give life, growth, or healththe genial sunshine

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

British Dictionary definitions for genial (2 of 2)

genial

2
/ (dʒɪˈniːəl) /

adjective

anatomy of or relating to the chin

Word Origin for genial

C19: from Greek geneion, from genus jaw
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Medicine definitions for genial

genial

[ jĭ-nīəl ]

adj.

Of or relating to the chin.

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