Definition of cordial in English:


Syllabification: cor·dial
Pronunciation: /ˈkôrjəl


  • 1Warm and friendly: the atmosphere was cordial and relaxed
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    • I did so hope Dallas would give the Kennedys a warm and very cordial welcome.
    • I am sure the delegates and the athletes will enjoy a friendly and cordial welcome from the people of Athy.
    • Could I first of all say a very warm and cordial welcome to you, Mr Justham, and indeed to your colleagues.
    friendly, warm, genial, affable, amiable, pleasant, fond, affectionate, warmhearted, good-natured, gracious, hospitable, welcoming, hearty
  • 1.1Strongly felt: I earned his cordial loathing


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  • 1North American another term for liqueur.
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    • And some of the best ingredients to work with are cordials, liqueurs and schnapps.
    • They are also used as ingredients in sweet dishes, an extensive and important role shared with liqueurs, cordials, and eaux-de-vie.
    • Heaven Hill markets more than 50 labels of bourbon, rye, scotch, vodka, gin, tequila, rum, cognac, wines and cordials.
  • 2A comforting or pleasant-tasting medicine.
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    • More likely, it had particular currency for a British public that had been besieged for years with outrageous claims for cure-all tonics, pills, oils, and cordials in the ubiquitous advertisements for patent medicines.
    • Thorncroft's Detox Cordial helped quite a few sore heads and is a pleasant, thirst-quenching squash for summer.
    • What I REALLY did was take three Nurofen and swig a mouthful of cordial.



Pronunciation: /ˌkôrjēˈalitē/
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  • Love cancels resentment, envy and jealousy and replaces them with kindness, forbearance and cordiality.
  • Many patients who consulted Jung have testified to the cordiality, warmth, and courtesy with which they were received.
  • But the mood was one of cordiality and personal warmth.


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  • All are cordially invited to attend the forthcoming launch of the eagerly awaited book outlining the first fifty years of Tramore AFC.
  • This message is just to invite any of the public who wish to attend the lecture/seminar and to cordially invite all members of Rathkeeland House for the talk.
  • When the interview is over, we part ways cordially.


Middle English (also in the sense 'belonging to the heart'): from medieval Latin cordialis, from Latin cor, cord- 'heart'.

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