- 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 cordially
Abramoff clearly has come to cordially despise his old associate Ralph Reed—and repeats story after story intended to damage him.David’s Book Club: ‘Capitol Punishment’
March 23, 2012
The three gentlemen parted most cordially from him after he had paid the check.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
For her sake her beloved sister should be cordially welcomed.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
"I'm glad to see you, Mr. Watts," said the journalist, cordially.The Gentleman From Indiana
It scarcely need be said, that this invitation was most cordially accepted.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
In all her labors she was cordially seconded and efficiently aided by her husband.Cleveland Past and Present
- 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 cordially
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.