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genial

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[ jeen-yuhl, jee-nee-uhl ]
/ ˈdʒin yəl, ˈdʒi ni əl /
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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.
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Origin of genial

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First recorded in 1560–70; from Latin geniālis “festive, jovial, pleasant,” equivalent to geni(us) (a tutelary deity, the spirit of social enjoyment) + -ālis adjective suffix (see -al1)

OTHER WORDS FROM genial

gen·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

Other definitions for genial (2 of 2)

genial2
[ juh-nahy-uhl ]
/ 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)

genial1
/ (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 forms of genial

geniality (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)

genial2
/ (dʒɪˈniːəl) /

adjective
anatomy of or relating to the chin

Word Origin for genial

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

genial
[ jĭ-nīəl ]

adj.
Of or relating to the chin.
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