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Definition of "genial" []

  • Having a pleasant or friendly disposition or manner. See Synonyms at gracious. (adjective)
  • Conducive to life, growth, or comfort; mild: "the genial sunshine . . . saturating his miserable body with its warmth” ( Jack London). (adjective)
  • Obsolete Relating to or marked by genius. (adjective)
  • Obsolete Of or relating to marriage; nuptial. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to the chin. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "genial" in a sentence
  • "But with his old history professor Henry Adams and other friends, Lodge was known as a genial host, and, when political bêtes noires did not rear their fractious heads, he could work considerable charm as a guest."
  • "“You know,” he said to Eeyore, gearing up to his lecture in genial conversational tones."
  • "Opening his eyes again he saw Davey Davidson standing by the bed, his expression genial, carrying a basket of I fruit."