OTHER WORDS FROM relatablere·lat·a·bil·i·ty [ri-ley-tuh-bil-i-tee] /rɪˌleɪ təˈbɪl ɪ ti/ noun
Words nearby relatable
What does relatable mean?
If something is relatable, it means you can relate to it—you can identify with it because you’ve experienced it or something similar.
Relatable is the adjective form of relate, one meaning of which is to establish a social or sympathetic relationship with a person or thing. Saying something is relatable is the same as saying that you can relate to it.
Relatable can also mean able to be expressed or described, as in Complex concepts like this are not easily relatable in such a short amount of time.
It can also mean able to be connected to something else, as in The two events are not so easily relatable—it’s not a simple case of cause and effect.
Example: The part in the movie when she hit the snooze button 10 times was so relatable—I do that all the time!
Where does relatable come from?
The first record of relatable comes from the 1620s. The word relate is first recorded in the 1490s and derives from the Latin relatus, meaning “brought back.” It comes from the Latin verb referre, which means “to carry back” and is the basis of the word refer.
In everyday conversation, the word relatable has become a popular way to describe a person or thing as one you identify with—one that gives you a feeling of familiarity. People who are relatable are people who seem a lot like you, especially in relation to the things they do or have experienced. You’re most likely to become friends with someone who’s relatable because it means you have a lot in common.
Certain aspects of pop culture, like scenes from TV or movies, are called relatable when they remind you of real life. Fictional characters are called relatable when they do the things you would do, say the things you would say, and feel the things you feel. Celebrities live very different lifestyles than the average person, but they can be described as relatable when they seem like regular, down-to-earth people.
On social media, relatable gets used (often as a #relatable) to sympathize with posts about things that people have done or are going through, especially embarrassing situations or awkward moments. Because we’ve all been there, and we can relate.
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What are some other forms of relatable?
- relate (verb)
- relatability (noun)
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How is relatable used in real life?
Relatable is commonly used in discussions and comments about how an experience is very familiar to one’s own.
Gordon Freeman is the most relatable video game protagonist because he was just some dude going to work
— Vomit Dragon (@Vomit_Dragon) March 12, 2020
A very relatable article for me. Maybe you will appreciate this too. https://t.co/zVe5ZHOqkZ
— Lori Joseph (@PoetLoriJoseph) April 10, 2020
Even though #topchefmasters has much higher caliber chefs, they are a lot less relatable in terms of engaging a 21 year old.
— Max Nevins (@MaxNevins) April 7, 2011
Try using relatable!
Is the word relatable used correctly in the following sentence?
I just saw the most relatable post about dating—it’s like I could have written it myself!
How to use relatable in a sentence
The site got its start with wonky, yet relatable political analysis that resembled the early days of web blogging.
Write relatable material, but make it something that’s specific to you and your story.
The Smallest Light in the Universe, by Sara SeagerAstrophysicist Sara Seager links the death of her husband to her lifelong search for stars and other planets in this relatable, beautiful memoir of motherhood and science.After losing two loved ones to covid-19, I turned to books. Here are 15 titles that helped me cope.|Zibby Owens|November 9, 2020|Washington Post
For her, there wasn’t any specific reason, other than that Bry seemed more relatable.‘We Don’t Need More Rich People in Power’: Voices of the Voters in La Jolla|Kara Grant|November 3, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Keep improving with data analysisNo matter how good marketers think their content is, there are always ways to make it more targeted, more relatable and more relevant.Brands are rethinking content strategies to make personalization pay off|Sitecore|October 23, 2020|Digiday
The point of these exercises is to make centuries-old texts relatable; their characters understandable.
There's a huge difference between portraying these young women as relatable and making them seem unremarkable.
The movie was aggressively fun, and, despite its sci-fi setting and outlandish plot, somehow relatable.Guardians of the Galaxy’s Chris Pratt Is the Everydude Superhero|Kevin Fallon|August 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Instead, Ernst is seen as a “likable, relatable person” who is cut “from the cloth of small-town Iowa.”The Bruce Braley-Joni Ernst Race Is Iowa’s Ugliest Senate Campaign Ever|Ben Jacobs|July 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her stories, aside from being laugh-out-loud hysterical, are relatable.Actress Jenny Mollen Talks Hiring Prostitutes for Husband Jason Biggs and Embracing Her Crazy|Erin Cunningham|June 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She must be told of the beauties and dimensions of Stornham, all relatable details of Rosy's life must be generously dwelt on.The Shuttle|Frances Hodgson Burnett