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1cordial

adjective cor·dial \ˈkr-jəl\

: politely pleasant and friendly

Full Definition of CORDIAL

1
obsolete :  of or relating to the heart :  vital
2
:  tending to revive, cheer, or invigorate <bottles full of excellent cordial waters — Daniel Defoe>
3
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

Synonym Discussion of CORDIAL

gracious, cordial, affable, genial, sociable mean markedly pleasant and easy in social intercourse. gracious implies courtesy and kindly consideration <the gracious award winner thanked her colleagues>. cordial stresses warmth and heartiness <our host was cordial as he greeted us>. affable implies easy approachability and readiness to respond pleasantly to conversation or requests or proposals <though wealthy, she was affable to all>. genial stresses cheerfulness and even joviality <a genial companion with a ready quip>. sociable suggests a genuine liking for the companionship of others <sociable people who enjoy entertaining>.

Other Anatomy Terms

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

2cordial

noun cor·dial \ˈkr-jəl\

: a sweet alcoholic drink

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

Full Definition of CORDIAL

1
:  a stimulating medicine or drink
2
:  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
CORDIALNESS Defined for Kids

cordial

adjective cor·dial \ˈkr-jəl\

Definition of CORDIAL for Kids

:  warm and friendly <a cordial host>
cor·dial·ly adverb <You are cordially invited.>

Word Root of CORDIAL

The Latin word cor, meaning heart, and its form cordis give us the root cord. Words from the Latin cor have something to do with the heart. When there is discord, or disagreement, hearts are apart. When there is accord, or agreement, hearts have moved together. Anything that is cordial, such as a welcome, comes from the heart.
Medical Dictionary

cordial

noun cor·dial \ˈkr-jəl\

Medical Definition of CORDIAL

:  an invigorating and stimulating medicine, food, or drink

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