cordial

[ kawr-juhl or, esp. British, -dee-uhl ]
/ ˈkɔr dʒəl or, esp. British, -di əl /

adjective

courteous and gracious; friendly; warm: a cordial reception.
invigorating the heart; stimulating.
sincere; heartfelt: a cordial dislike.
Archaic. of or relating to the heart.

noun


Nearby words

  1. cordelier,
  2. cordeliers,
  3. cordelle,
  4. cordgrass,
  5. cordia,
  6. cordiality,
  7. cordially,
  8. cordierite,
  9. cordiform,
  10. cordiform pelvis

Origin of cordial

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin cordiālis, equivalent to Latin cordi- (stem of cor) heart + -ālis -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for cordial

cordial

/ (ˈkɔːdɪəl) /

adjective

warm and friendlya cordial greeting
giving heart; stimulating

noun

a drink with a fruit base, usually sold in concentrated form and diluted with water before being drunklime cordial
another word for liqueur
Derived Formscordially, adverbcordialness, noun

Word Origin for cordial

C14: from Medieval Latin cordiālis, from Latin cor heart

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Word Origin and History for cordial

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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