Definition of genial adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈdʒiːniəl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒiːniəl//
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friendly and cheerful synonym affable a genial person a genial smile See related entries: Friendly Word Originmid 16th cent.: from Latin genialis ‘nuptial, productive’, from genius ‘attendant spirit present from one's birth, innate ability or inclination’, from the root of gignere ‘beget’. The Latin sense was adopted into English; hence the senses ‘mild and conducive to growth’ (mid 17th cent.), later ‘cheerful, kindly’ (mid 18th cent.).Extra examples He seemed genial enough. Her manner was quite genial. The fierce old man suddenly looked almost genial. a very genial man Graham was a genial and modest host. He was a sweet old gentleman with white hair and a genial smile.
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