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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 interactions are often cordial — she often strikes up conversation with patients about their tattoos — but necessarily brief.The joy of vax: The people giving the shots are seeing hope, and it’s contagious|Maura Judkis|February 25, 2021|Washington Post
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.
Neither trusts the other, yet cultural norms dictate that everyone remain cordial.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley|Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
The relations between country bank officials and the officials of this bank have been most cordial.Readings in Money and Banking|Chester Arthur Phillips
Tressan advanced to meet him, a smile of cordial welcome on his lips, and they bowed to each other in formal greeting.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
He put out his hand in the most cordial and friendly way, and greeted me with the most winning smile in the world.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
He was well entitled to the Resolution of cordial thanks which the associated companies accorded to him.
But to rulers possessed of scriptural qualifications, cordial obedience is due.The Ordinance of Covenanting|John Cunningham