Definition of amiable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈāmēəb(ə)l/


Having or displaying a friendly and pleasant manner: an amiable, unassuming fellow
More example sentences
  • She was a very good looking woman, with an amiable and warm personality, but I didn't know her personally.
  • A most amiable and kindly man, he was held in very high esteem and was a noted character in the area.
  • Anyway, I found Andrea to be a perfectly amiable person, but that was not a universal view.
friendly, affable, amicable, cordial;
warm, warmhearted, good-natured, nice, pleasant, agreeable, likable, genial, good-humored, charming, easy to get along with, companionable, sociable, personable
informal chummy, simpatico



Example sentences
  • Natural amiableness is too often seen in company with sloth, with uselessness, with the vanity of fashionable life.
  • Mr. Knightley expressed his disapproval of Frank's behavior and Emma's vision of him by contrasting what he called French amiableness with English amiableness.
  • The images, varying in scale, approach and depiction, present a range of emotions and attitudes, all traveling forward to the next era with various degrees of purpose, amiableness and likelihood.


Late Middle English (originally in the senses 'kind' and 'lovely, lovable'): via Old French from late Latin amicabilis 'amicable'. The current sense, influenced by modern French aimable 'trying to please', dates from the mid 18th century.

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Syllabification: a·mi·a·ble

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