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

Origin of cordial

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

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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 Forms

cordially, adverbcordialness, noun

Word Origin for cordial

C14: from Medieval Latin cordiālis, from Latin cor heart
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