[pur-suh-nuh-buh l]


of pleasing personal appearance; handsome or comely; attractive.
having an agreeable or pleasing personality; affable; amiable; sociable.

Origin of personable

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at person, -able
Related formsper·son·a·ble·ness, nounper·son·a·bly, adverbqua·si-per·son·a·ble, adjectivequa·si-per·son·a·bly, adverbun·per·son·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for personable

Contemporary Examples of personable

Historical Examples of personable

  • He seems to me quite a personable young man, and he may be useful!

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • A tall, personable gentleman he is, something stiff and stately.

    Robin Tremayne

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • "And yet you are a personable man enough," she said rather thoughtfully.

    The Lost Continent

    C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne

  • He was not of the common, straight-featured, personable type.

  • Big, lovable, personable auntie, could the pity of it be that she was always submitting?


    George Madden Martin

British Dictionary definitions for personable



pleasant in appearance and personality
Derived Formspersonableness, nounpersonably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for personable

"pleasing in one's person," early 15c., from person + -able, or else from Middle French personable. Related: Personably.

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