- of pleasing personal appearance; handsome or comely; attractive.
- having an agreeable or pleasing personality; affable; amiable; sociable.
Origin of personable
late Middle EnglishRelated 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
word dating back to 1400–50;
see origin at person
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
British Dictionary definitions for personably
Derived Formspersonableness, nounpersonably, adverb
- pleasant in appearance and personality
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Word Origin and History for personably
"pleasing in one's person," early 15c., from person + -able, or else from Middle French personable. Related: Personably.
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