From Middle English personable, personabil, equivalent to person + -able. Compare Medieval Latin personabilis (“personal”), found in a late 13th century British source. The Middle French personable (“remarkable, important”), doesn't appear until 1528.
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- (of a person) Having a pleasing appearance or manner; attractive; handsome; friendly; amiable.
- Wise, warlike, personable, courteous, and kind.
- 1822, Sir Walter Scott, The Fortunes of Nigel, ch. 19:
- I admit him a personable man, for I have seen him; and I will suppose him courteous and agreeable.
- 1908, E. M. Forster, A Room With a View, ch. 12:
- Barefoot, bare-chested, radiant and personable against the shadowy woods, he called: "Hullo, Miss Honeychurch! Hullo!"
- 1919, Joseph A. Altsheler. The Sun Of Quebec, ch. 5:
- I'm bound to admit that you're a personable young rascal, with the best manners I've met in a long time.
- 2009, Randy James, "2-Min. Bio: Stephanie Birkitt: Letterman's Lover?," Time, 5 Oct.:
- Aside from being incredibly funny and personable he is generous, kind and is great fun to play catch with.
- (law) Enabled to maintain pleas in court.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Cowell to this entry?)
- Having capacity to take anything granted.