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cordial

[kawr-juh l or, esp. British, -dee-uh l]
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adjective
  1. courteous and gracious; friendly; warm: a cordial reception.
  2. invigorating the heart; stimulating.
  3. sincere; heartfelt: a cordial dislike.
  4. Archaic. of or relating to the heart.
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noun
  1. a strong, sweetened, aromatic alcoholic liquor; liqueur.
  2. a stimulating medicine.
  3. anything that invigorates or exhilarates.
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Origin of cordial

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin cordiālis, equivalent to Latin cordi- (stem of cor) heart + -ālis -al1
Related formscor·dial·ly, adverbcor·dial·ness, nounpre·cor·dial, adjectivequa·si-cor·dial, adjectivequa·si-cor·dial·ly, adverbsu·per·cor·dial, adjectivesu·per·cor·dial·ly, adverbsu·per·cor·dial·ness, nounun·cor·dial, adjectiveun·cor·dial·ly, adverbun·cor·dial·ness, noun

Synonyms

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1. affectionate, genial. 2. cheering.
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  • Our meeting, after mutual recognition, was affectionate and cordial.

    Biography of a Slave

    Charles Thompson

  • She smiled a cordial welcome to him, so he turned and changed his step to suit hers.

  • 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

    Jessie Fothergill

  • The meeting was by appointment, however, and his greeting was cordial and hearty.


British Dictionary definitions for cordial

cordial

adjective
  1. warm and friendlya cordial greeting
  2. giving heart; stimulating
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noun
  1. a drink with a fruit base, usually sold in concentrated form and diluted with water before being drunklime cordial
  2. another word for liqueur
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Derived Formscordially, adverbcordialness, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Medieval Latin cordiālis, from Latin cor heart
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Word Origin and History for cordial

adj.

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.

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