adjective cor·dial \ˈkr-jəl\

: politely pleasant and friendly

Full Definition of CORDIAL

obsolete :  of or relating to the heart :  vital
:  tending to revive, cheer, or invigorate <bottles full of excellent cordial waters — Daniel Defoe>
a :  sincerely or deeply felt <a cordial dislike for each other>
b :  warmly and genially affable <cordial relations>
cor·dial·ly \ˈkrj-lē, ˈkr-jə-\ adverb
cor·dial·ness \ˈkr-jəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of CORDIAL

  1. We received a cordial greeting from our hostess at the party.
  2. The two nations have maintained cordial relations.
  3. … Conrad Black was cordial and not the least rumbustious. —Calvin Trillin, New Yorker, 17 Dec. 2001

Origin of CORDIAL

Middle English, from Medieval Latin cordialis, from Latin cord-, cor heart — more at heart
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Anatomy Terms

bilateral symmetry, carotid, cartilage, dorsal, entrails, prehensile, renal, solar plexus, supine, thoracic, ventral


noun cor·dial \ˈkr-jəl\

: a sweet alcoholic drink

: a drink of heavy fruit juice that is mixed with water

Full Definition of CORDIAL

:  a stimulating medicine or drink
:  liqueur

Examples of CORDIAL

  1. It was fortunate that the boys never tested Alyce's magic, for the bottle she shook so fiercely at them was naught but blackberry cordial she was to deliver to Old Anna … —Karen Cushman, The Midwife's Apprentice, 1995

Origin of CORDIAL

(see 1cordial)
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms

finish, gimlet, mull, sake, setup, sommelier, syllabub, vintner, wassail


noun cor·dial \ˈkr-jəl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CORDIAL

:  an invigorating and stimulating medicine, food, or drink


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