Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Friendly and agreeable in disposition; good-natured and likable.
  • adjective Cordial; sociable; congenial.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective diffusing warmth and friendliness
  • adjective disposed to please

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin amīcābilis; see amicable.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

Examples

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

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

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

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

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

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  • "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."

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

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  • 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.

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  • "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.

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

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