- courteous and gracious; friendly; warm: a cordial reception.
- invigorating the heart; stimulating.
- sincere; heartfelt: a cordial dislike.
- Archaic. of or relating to the heart.
- a strong, sweetened, aromatic alcoholic liquor; liqueur.
- a stimulating medicine.
- anything that invigorates or exhilarates.
Origin of cordial
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Examples from the Web for cordial
The 2008 Republican presidential nominee and longtime Arizona senator has long had a cordial relationship with Hillary Clinton.Remember When Republicans Loved Hillary Clinton?
December 1, 2014
Despite any partisan enmities, the two top politicos maintained a cordial relationship.The McConnell Friend Obama Just Hired
November 10, 2014
The president and former president, who once despised each other, are cordial but far from friendly.The Only Way for Democrats to Win
October 24, 2014
The email exchanges started out as cordial, if cold, but gradually grew more confrontational.The Kardashian Look-Alike Trolling for Assad
Noah Shachtman, Michael Kennedy
October 17, 2014
As part of the “love the sinner, hate the sin” culture, many townspeople are still polite and cordial to their faces.Mississippi Is Hell for These Lesbians
August 8, 2014
Our meeting, after mutual recognition, was affectionate and cordial.Biography of a Slave
She smiled a cordial welcome to him, so he turned and changed his step to suit hers.A Woman Intervenes
I fancy in the cordial excitement of the moment he was quite sincere.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
To-day the greeting between the two men was a cordial if a brief one.The First Violin
The meeting was by appointment, however, and his greeting was cordial and hearty.
- warm and friendlya cordial greeting
- giving heart; stimulating
- a drink with a fruit base, usually sold in concentrated form and diluted with water before being drunklime cordial
- another word for liqueur
Word Origin and History for cordial
late 14c., "of the heart," from Middle French cordial, from Medieval Latin cordialis "of or for the heart," from Latin cor (genitive cordis) "heart" (see heart). Meaning "heartfelt, from the heart" is mid-15c. The noun is late 14c., originally "medicine, food, or drink that stimulates the heart." Related: Cordiality.