What Does the French Word 'Génial' Mean in English?

It's a great word to have on hand for casual conversations

You might find yourself using the French word "génial" in a variety of situations. Génial is an adjective and is often used in informal conversations to express happiness.

Definitions and Examples

génial (adjective): of genius, inspired

  • C'est une géniale idée !
  • That's a brilliant idea! 

génial (adjective, informal): great, cool

  • Ce film est génial.
  • This movie is great.
  •  On va au resto. - Génial !
  • We're going to a restaurant. - Great!


The word génial is pronounced [zhay nyal].