Definition of cordial in English:

cordial

Line breaks: cor|dial
Pronunciation: /ˈkɔːdɪəl
 
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adjective

noun

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  • 1British A sweet fruit-flavoured drink: wine cups and fruit cordials [mass noun]: a tall glass of blackcurrant cordial
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    • Fruit cordials are the perfect drink for both formal and informal occasions.
    • Swapping fizzy drinks, fruit juices and cordials for nice cold plain water can make a big difference to children's dental health.
    • A knowledge of the properties of syrups at different concentrations and temperatures is basic to sugar boiling and confectionery, and they are also important in fruit preservation and in making soft drinks and cordials.
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  • 1.1North 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.
    Synonyms
    liqueur; alcoholic drink
  • 2A 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.

Derivatives

cordiality

Pronunciation: /-ˈalɪti/
noun
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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.

cordially

adverb
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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.

Origin

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

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