cor·​dial·​i·​ty | \ ˌkȯr-jē-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce cordiality (audio) , kȯr-ˈja- also kȯr-ˈdya- \

Definition of cordiality

: sincere affection and kindness : cordial regard

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Examples of cordiality in a Sentence

everyone appreciated the cordiality and thoughtfulness of the welcoming committee
Recent Examples on the Web At the moment, just as New York is at 75% occupancy, a lone, fast-on-his-feet waiter is taking care of all the tables with remarkable agility and cordiality. John Mariani, Forbes, 12 May 2021 It’s not so much — not in my experience — a lack of cordiality in one’s own neighborhood. Brad Miner, National Review, 9 May 2021 This move drastically undermines Serena, proving that despite her earlier cordiality, Rita is done with Gilead, Fred, and even Serena. Amanda Ostuni,, 5 May 2021 Considering the depth of that enmity, a peace agreement had seemed unthinkable prior to Ahmed’s cordiality with Afwerki, who has served as president for the three decades since independence. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, 29 Apr. 2021 Following combustive talks between the world’s top two economies in Anchorage last month, little hope remains of recapturing the relative cordiality of the Obama years. Time, 15 Apr. 2021 The display was widely seen as an example of how President Trump's approach to denuclearization talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — which have fluctuated between intimidation and cordiality — haven't panned out over the years. TheWeek, 10 Oct. 2020 This is where the one-size-fits-all cordiality of a massive pop hit begins to feel disorienting. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 23 Jan. 2020 But Congress, with its protocols and rituals, was considered a relatively safe space for reporters, where cordiality was prized. Michael M. Grynbaum, New York Times, 19 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of cordiality

1611, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cordiality

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

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“Cordiality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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cor·​di·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌkȯr-jē-ˈa-lə-tē \

Kids Definition of cordiality

: sincere warmth and kindness

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