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

Example Sentences

everyone appreciated the cordiality and thoughtfulness of the welcoming committee
Recent Examples on the Web 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 And Even Laster: Empressement (ahm-press-MONT), demonstrative warmth or cordiality. Pat Myers, Washington Post, 21 July 2022 In contrast to the apparent cordiality of the visit, Biden had made clear his discomfort with sitting face-to-face with the crown prince and repeatedly downplayed his trip to the Saudi Arabia., 15 July 2022 San Diego’s new mayor and council members have signaled a new level of awareness and cordiality toward our sister community. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 June 2022 Respect, cordiality, entrepreneurial commitment, a long-term and holistic perspective, and a tireless quest for quality and improvement are the values that underpin the longevity of the Princely Family for over 900 years and 30 generations. Lgt Bank Contributor, Forbes, 1 June 2022 Black women characters in these stories who actively pursue their own interests without opting for the cordiality that is expected from them are seen as obstacles to be overcome. Ineye Komonibo,, 3 Feb. 2022 See More

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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 8 Feb. 2023.

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