[ kawr-juhl or, especially British, -dee-uhl ]
See synonyms for: cordialcordialscordiallycordialness on

  1. courteous and gracious; friendly; warm: a cordial reception.

  2. invigorating the heart; stimulating.

  1. sincere; heartfelt: a cordial dislike.

  2. Archaic. of or relating to the heart.

  1. a strong, sweetened, aromatic alcoholic liquor; liqueur

  2. a stimulating medicine.

  1. anything that invigorates or exhilarates.

Origin of cordial

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Medieval Latin cordiālis, equivalent to Latin cordi- (stem of cor ) “heart” + -ālis adjective suffix; see heart, -al1

Other words for cordial

Other words from cordial

  • cor·dial·ly, adverb
  • cor·dial·ness, noun
  • pre·cor·dial, adjective
  • qua·si-cor·dial, adjective
  • su·per·cor·dial, adjective
  • su·per·cor·dial·ness, noun
  • un·cor·dial, adjective
  • un·cor·dial·ness, noun

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How to use cordial in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for cordial


/ (ˈkɔːdɪəl) /

  1. warm and friendly: a cordial greeting

  2. giving heart; stimulating

  1. a drink with a fruit base, usually sold in concentrated form and diluted with water before being drunk: lime cordial

  2. another word for liqueur

Origin of cordial

C14: from Medieval Latin cordiālis, from Latin cor heart

Derived forms of cordial

  • cordially, adverb
  • cordialness, noun

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