genial[jēn′yəl, jē′nē əl]
- The definition of genial is warm, cheerful, good for life or comfort.
- An example of genial used as an adjective is a genial person which means a very friendly person.
- An example of genial used as an adjective is genial soil which means soil good for growing plants.
- Obsolete of marriage or procreation
- promoting life and growth; pleasantly warm, mild, and healthful: a genial climate
- cheerful, friendly, and sympathetic; amiable
- Rare of or characterized by genius
Origin of genialClassical Latin genialis, of generation or birth ; from genius, guardian deity: see genius
having to do with the chin
Origin of genial; from Classical Greek geneion, a chin (; from genys, a jaw: see chin) + -al
- Having a pleasant or friendly disposition or manner: a genial guest.
- Conducive to life, growth, or comfort; mild: “the genial sunshine &ellipsis; saturating his miserable body with its warmth” (Jack London).
- Archaic Relating to or marked by genius.
- Archaic Of or relating to marriage; nuptial.
Origin of genialLatin geniālis, festive, from genius, spirit of festivity; see gen&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
- ge′ni·al′i·ty , gen′ial·ness
Of or relating to the chin.
Origin of genialFrom Greek geneion, chin, from genus, jaw; see genu-2 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more genial, superlative most genial)
OriginSee also: génial