Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Friendly and agreeable in disposition; good-natured and likable.
  • adj. Cordial; sociable; congenial: an amiable gathering.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Friendly; kind; sweet; gracious; as, an amiable temper or mood; amiable ideas.
  • adj. Possessing sweetness of disposition; having sweetness of temper; kindhearted; which causes one to be liked; as, an amiable person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Lovable; lovely; pleasing.
  • adj. Friendly; kindly; sweet; gracious
  • adj. Possessing sweetness of disposition; having sweetness of temper, kind-heartedness, etc., which causes one to be liked.
  • adj. Done out of love.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Friendly; kindly; amicable.
  • Exciting or tending to excite love or delight; lovable; lovely; beautiful; delightful; pleasing.
  • Specifically, possessing or exhibiting agreeable moral qualities, as sweetness of temper, kind-heartedness, and the like; having an excellent disposition: as, an amiable girl; an amiable disposition.
  • Synonyms Engaging, benignant, sweet-tempered, kind-hearted, lovely in character.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. diffusing warmth and friendliness
  • adj. disposed to please

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin amīcābilis; see amicable.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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 aimable, Latin amābilis ("loveable"). Compare with amicable, amorous, amability. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “Buzz, do you think that the phrase amiable strangers is apt?”

    First Man

  • At times, they moved in amiable opposition, one pausing watchfully while the other spiraled to higher altitudes.

    Arachne Aerial Arts combines dance with aerial acrobatics

  • I should have written, "... and spent an hour in amiable CONVERSATION ..."

    La Siranda- a new, elegant, boutique hotel in P�tzcuaro

  • We were given an excellent tour by Conchita Tena, and spent an hour in amiable while seated on the terrace, sipping agua fresca de guayba.

    La Siranda- a new, elegant, boutique hotel in P�tzcuaro

  • "Taking a break from his sermonising trilogy on American values, The Boss of It All finds Lars Von Trier in amiable and comedic mood, spinning out a plot that explores several of his favourite hobbyhorses: following individuals attempting to escape from reason, poking fun at group dynamics, and deflating actors 'egos."

    GreenCine Daily: Fests and events, 10/23.

  • "Champagner-Oper" [ "Champagne Opera."] and in order to justify this title our amiable Intendant proposes to regale the whole theater with a few dozens of champagne in the second act, in order to spirit up the chorus.

    Letters

  • Keen runner Kevin Edwards, 37, who had been reported missing on Sunday, was called "amiable" and "friendly" by his family in Llanberis.

    BBC News - Home

  • I know as amiable examples among these and among their children, as among others of the society.

    A Portraiture of Quakerism, Volume 3

  • Baronet, rich, young, and amiable, is upon the very point of becoming your slave for ever; yet, because you discover him to be a little restive in the last agonies of his liberty, you are eager, in the high-flown disdain of juvenile susceptibility, to cast him and his fortune away; as if both were such every-day baubles, that you might command or reject them without thought of future consequence. '

    Camilla: or, A Picture of Youth

  • I wished exceedingly to have brought some of them away with me; my nun, as they call the amiable girl I saw take the veil, paid me the flattering tribute of a tear at parting; her fine eyes had a concern in them, which affected me extremely.

    The History of Emily Montague

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