1. Liberal in giving or sharing. See Synonyms at liberal.
2. Showing kindness and magnanimity: It was generous of him to mention us in his remarks.
3. Marked by abundance; ample: a generous slice of cake.
4. Having a rich bouquet and flavor: a generous wine.
5. Obsolete Of noble lineage.
[French genereux, of noble birth, magnanimous, from Latin generōsus, from genus, gener-, birth; see genə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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