1 [jeen-yuhl, jee-nee-uhl]
warmly and pleasantly cheerful; cordial: a genial disposition; a genial host.
favorable for life, growth, or comfort; pleasantly warm; comfortably mild: the genial climate of Hawaii.
characterized by genius.

1560–70; < Latin geniālis festive, jovial, pleasant, equivalent to geni(us) tutelary deity, the spirit of social enjoyment + -ālis -al1

genially, adverb
geniality [jee-nee-al-i-tee] , genialness, noun
overgeniality, noun

1. friendly, hearty, pleasant, agreeable. Unabridged


2 [juh-nahy-uhl] ,
adjective Anatomy, Zoology.
of or pertaining to the chin.

1825–35; < Greek génei(on) chin, derivative of gén(ys) jaw (compare Latin gena) + -al1 Unabridged
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genial1 (ˈdʒiːnjəl, -nɪəl)
1.  cheerful, easy-going, and warm in manner or behaviour
2.  pleasantly warm, so as to give life, growth, or health: the genial sunshine
[C16: from Latin geniālis relating to birth or marriage, from genius tutelary deity; see genius]

genial2 (dʒɪˈniːəl)
anatomy of or relating to the chin
[C19: from Greek geneion, from genus jaw]

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Main Entry:  genial1
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  pertaining to a generation or a marriage
Etymology:  Latin genius 'to beget'
Usage:  obsolete
Main Entry:  genial2
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  comforting, friendly, warm; kindly
Etymology:  Latin genius 'to beget'
Main Entry:  genial3
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  mild, pleasant; comfortable
Etymology:  Latin genius 'to beget'
Main Entry:  genial4
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  pertaining to the chin
Etymology:  Greek geneion 'chin''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin & History

1566, from L. genialis "pleasant, festive," lit. "pertaining to marriage rites," from genius "guardian spirit" (see genius). Originally used in the L. literal sense; meaning "cheerful, friendly" first recorded 1746.
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Medical Dictionary

genial ge·ni·al (jĭ-nī'əl) or ge·ni·an (-ən)
Of or relating to the chin.

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Example sentences
All trusted him completely, regarding this genial gnome as something of a
  financial genius.
As a producer and writer on his first radio programs, she helped establish his
  genial, folksy tone that continues to this day.
In fact, he appeared relaxed and genial.
Some of this we probably know intuitively, e.g., comfort tends to make people
  more genial.
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