cor·​dial·​i·​ty ˌkȯr-jē-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce cordiality (audio)
 also  kȯr-ˈdya-
: sincere affection and kindness : cordial regard

Examples of cordiality in a Sentence

everyone appreciated the cordiality and thoughtfulness of the welcoming committee
Recent Examples on the Web Peterson brought that same peculiar cordiality into his Mirai manhunt. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, 14 Nov. 2023 Many such ties are now strained and may never return to their past cordiality. Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times, 9 Dec. 2023 Despite so much cause for grief, what’s striking about the protagonists is their cordiality and resilient hopefulness. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 8 Dec. 2023 Scott laughs at the memory, at the newfangled cordiality. Devin Gordon, New York Times, 30 Mar. 2023 Makoto has never approved of his son’s marrying a divorced mother, and the limits of their cordiality begin to show over the course of the family birthday party that begins proceedings. Guy Lodge, Variety, 6 Sep. 2022 Suspicion is, for obvious reasons, built into the relationship between the press and government officials, but, normally, both parties have felt an interest in maintaining at least the appearance of cordiality. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, 30 Jan. 2023 Supreme Garage Door is the best option for garage door repair in Dallas, TX due to their expertise, efficiency, and cordiality. Dallas News, 14 Dec. 2022 But that was pretty much it for us: a general air of cordiality prevailing, nothing more. Bob Brody, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Aug. 2022

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Word History


cordial entry 1 + -ity, probably after French cordialité or Italian cordialità

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cordiality was in 1611

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Cite this Entry

“Cordiality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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