What does Amiable mean?

Definitions for Amiable
ˈeɪ mi ə bəlami·able

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. amiable, good-humored, good-humouredadjective

    disposed to please

    "an amiable villain with a cocky sidelong grin"- Hal Hinson

  2. affable, amiable, cordial, genialadjective

    diffusing warmth and friendliness

    "an affable smile"; "an amiable gathering"; "cordial relations"; "a cordial greeting"; "a genial host"


  1. amiableadjective

    Friendly; kind; sweet; gracious; as, an amiable temper or mood; amiable ideas.

  2. amiableadjective

    Possessing sweetness of disposition; having sweetness of temper; kindhearted; which causes one to be liked; as, an amiable person.

  3. Etymology: amyable, from amiable, from amicabilis, from amicus, from amo. The meaning has been influenced by French aimable, Latin amabilis. Compare with amicable, amorous, amability.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. AMIABLEadjective

    Etymology: aimable, Fr.

    That which is good in the actions of men, doth not only delight as profitable, but as amiable also. Richard Hooker.

    She told her, while she kept it,
    ’Twould make her amiable, subdue my father
    Intirely to her love; but if she lost it,
    Or made a gift of it, my father’s eye
    Should hold her loathed. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    Spend all, only give me so much time in exchange, as to lay amiable siege to the honesty of this Ford’s wife; use your art of wooing. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.


  1. Amiable

    Amiable (1891–1915) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse that won the 1894 Epsom Oaks and 1,000 Guineas Stakes despite having severe stringhalt in both hind limbs. Amiable raced until she was three years old, retiring in 1895 to the Duke of Portland's Welbeck Stud. Plagued with fertility problems, Amiable was a failure as a broodmare and produced only one foal that survived to adulthood. She was pensioned for the last 11 years of her life and was euthanized at the age of 24 in November 1915.


  1. amiable

    Amiable refers to having or displaying a friendly and pleasant manner. It refers to a person who is good-natured, nice, likable, and kind to others.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Amiableadjective

    lovable; lovely; pleasing

  2. Amiableadjective

    friendly; kindly; sweet; gracious; as, an amiable temper or mood; amiable ideas

  3. Amiableadjective

    possessing sweetness of disposition; having sweetness of temper, kind-heartedness, etc., which causes one to be liked; as, an amiable woman

  4. Amiableadjective

    done out of love

  5. Etymology: [F. amiable, L. amicabilis friendly, fr. amicus friend, fr. amare to love. The meaning has been influenced by F. aimable, L. amabilis lovable, fr. amare to love. Cf. Amicable, Amorous, Amability.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Amiable

    ām′i-a-bl, adj. lovable: worthy of love: of sweet disposition.—ns. Amiabil′ity, Am′iableness, quality of being amiable, or of exciting love.—adv. Am′iably. [O. Fr. amiable, friendly—L. amicabilis, from amicus, a friend; there is a confusion in meaning with O. Fr. amable (mod. Fr. aimable), lovable—L. amabilisam-āre, to love.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Amiable in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Amiable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Amiable in a Sentence

  1. Benjamin Disraeli:

    It destroys one's nerves to be amiable everyday to the same human being.

  2. Johann von Goethe:

    A man's errors are what make him amiable.

  3. Charlie Beckett:

    It certainly stands out as the most enthusiastic, amiable relationship... it's unprecedented.

  4. Sophie Swetchine:

    How easy to be amiable in the midst of happiness and success.

  5. John Henry Cardinal Newman:

    In this world no one rules by love; if you are but amiable, you are no hero; to be powerful, you must be strong, and to have dominion you must have a genius for organizing.

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  • وديArabic
  • дружелюбен, приветлив, мил, любезен, симпатиченBulgarian
  • elskværdigDanish
  • liebenswürdig, liebenswertGerman
  • ευγενικόςGreek
  • afable, amableSpanish
  • avatudEstonian
  • دوستانهPersian
  • rakastettava, ystävällinenFinnish
  • aimableFrench
  • grámharIrish
  • सुHindi
  • affettuoso, amabile, affabileItalian
  • 愛想のいいJapanese
  • hūmārika, whakahoahoaMāori
  • amávelPortuguese
  • добродушный, любезный, дружественный, симпатичный, привлекательный, милый, дружелюбный, приветливыйRussian
  • привітнийUkrainian

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