- 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.
genial definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Classical Latin genialis, of generation or birth ; from genius, guardian deity: see genius
Origin: ; from Classical Greek geneion, a chin (; from genys, a jaw: see chin) plush -al
genial definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Having a pleasant or friendly disposition or manner. See Synonyms at gracious.
- Conducive to life, growth, or comfort; mild: “the genial sunshine . . . saturating his miserable body with its warmth” (Jack London).
- Obsolete Relating to or marked by genius.
- Obsolete Of or relating to marriage; nuptial.
Origin: Latin geniālis, festive, from genius, spirit of festivity; see genə- in Indo-European roots.
- geˌni·alˈi·ty , genˈial·ness noun
- genˈial·ly adverb
Origin: From Greek geneion, chin, from genus, jaw; see genu-2 in Indo-European roots.
genial - Medical Definition