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What does cordial mean?
Cordial means friendly and polite.
It used to describe people and their behavior toward others in social situations, especially when they do not know each other well.
When you treat people cordially, you treat them with a sincere friendliness and warmth. A cordial greeting is a warm and friendly one, especially one intended to make someone feel welcome.
The quality of being cordial is cordiality.
Cordial can also be used as a noun meaning a sweetened liquor (more commonly called a liqueur) or a kind of nonalcoholic fruit-based drink, like lime cordial.
Example: My parents were always very cordial and welcoming when I brought new friends home.
Where does cordial come from?
The first records of the word cordial come from the 1300s. It comes from the Medieval Latin word cordiālis, from the Latin cor, meaning “heart.”
Less common meanings of cordial include “heartfelt” (as in sincere) and “giving heart” (as in stimulating). But cordial is most commonly used to mean warm and friendly in a way that’s from the heart. Someone who’s described as cordial is probably interacting with someone whom they don’t know very well—since it’s usually a given that you’re warm and friendly with people who are already your friends.
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What are some other forms related to cordial?
- cordially (adjective)
- cordiality (noun)
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Cordial is most commonly used to describe someone who is being sincerely friendly to a person who they don’t know too well, even a person they don’t like.
Slowly starting to think that maybe society needs retraining and reform. The standard of being a decent human being has gone down the drain. It cost nothing to be kind even when you don't agree with the other person.
I can promise you that you won't go broke being cordial.
— Officer Parker (@ParkerGFitness) August 1, 2020
🗣| Setien insists that he has been influenced by the Guardiola’s work at Man City.
“We get along. He has always been very cordial to me. I like to chat with the technicians with whom I identify by their way of watching football or feeling it. Pep has always been a reference.” pic.twitter.com/JMCis3Jtb9
— City Chief (@City_Chief) February 29, 2020
Being nice and cordial to people you don't like isn't being fake. It's being an adult.
— Dame Lorraine (@JouvertMorning) October 25, 2016
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Example sentences from the Web for cordial
The wine is off-dry, but balanced, with flavors of cherry cordial, marzipan and raspberries, dusted with baking spice.This sauvignon blanc tastes like a splurge, but doesn’t cost like one|Dave McIntyre|January 2, 2021|Washington Post
Everyone prepares for a cordial and informative confirmation process.
The 2008 Republican presidential nominee and longtime Arizona senator has long had a cordial relationship with Hillary Clinton.
Despite any partisan enmities, the two top politicos maintained a cordial relationship.
The president and former president, who once despised each other, are cordial but far from friendly.
The email exchanges started out as cordial, if cold, but gradually grew more confrontational.
As part of the “love the sinner, hate the sin” culture, many townspeople are still polite and cordial to their faces.
There was no answer for a moment, but out came both the young captain's hands in cordial clasp.From School to Battle-field|Charles King
We have briefly glanced at our lack of confidence, our failure in cordial unanimity, the absence of definiteness and importunity.The Assembly of God|C. (Charles) H. (Henry) Mackintosh
Personally he was a man of fine presence and manners, always pleasant to meet with on the street, cordial and unassuming.Cleveland Past and Present|Maurice Joblin
Then he sat down near Laure, whose work deserved his most cordial attention.Vendetta|Honore de Balzac
He expressed his pleasure at meeting the citizens of Banning and his appreciation of their cordial welcome.Speeches of Benjamin Harrison|Benjamin Harrison