[ jeen-yuhl, jee-nee-uhl ]
/ 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.

Nearby words

  1. genevieve, saint,
  2. geneviève,
  3. genf,
  4. genfersee,
  5. genghis khan,
  6. genial tubercle,
  7. geniality,
  8. genially,
  9. genic,
  10. genicular

Origin of genial

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 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


/ (dʒɪˈniːəl) /


anatomy of or relating to the chin

Word Origin for genial

C19: from Greek geneion, from genus jaw

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Word Origin and History for geniality
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Medicine definitions for geniality


[ jĭ-nīəl ]


Of or relating to the chin.

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