amiable

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English amyable, from Old French amiable, from Late Latin amīcābilis (friendly), from Latin amīcus (friend), from amō (I love). The meaning has been influenced by French amiable and Latin amābilis (loveable). Compare with amicable, amorous, amability.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈeɪ.mi.ə.bəl/, /ˈæ.mi.ə.bəl/
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AdjectiveEdit

amiable (comparative more amiable, superlative most amiable)

  1. Friendly; kind; sweet; gracious
    an amiable temper
    amiable ideas
    • 1907 August, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, chapter III, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326:
      A short time afterward at the opera Gerald dragged him into a parterre to say something amiable to one of the amiable débutante Craig girls—and Selwyn found himself again facing Alixe.
  2. Of a pleasant and likeable nature; kind-hearted; easy to like
    an amiable person
    • c. 1521, John Skelton, “Speke Parott”:
      My deyſy delectabyll
      My prymerose commendabyll
      My vyolet amyabyll
      My ioye in explicabill
      Nowe torne agayne to me
    • 1907 August, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, chapter III, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326:
      A short time afterward at the opera Gerald dragged him into a parterre to say something amiable to one of the amiable débutante Craig girls—and Selwyn found himself again facing Alixe.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Inherited from Late Latin amīcābilis.

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amiable (plural amiables)

  1. amiable

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Old FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Late Latin amīcābilis (friendly), from Latin amīcus (friend), from amō (I love).

AdjectiveEdit

amiable m (oblique and nominative feminine singular amiable)

  1. likable; amiable

DescendantsEdit

  • Middle French: amyable
  • Middle English: amyable, amiable