- The definition of cordial is someone who is nice and friendly.
An example of cordial is when you say hello to someone who has just entered the room and offer to help them find a place to sit down.
- Rare stimulating the heart; invigorating; reviving
- warm and friendly; hearty: a cordial hello
- sincere; deeply felt: a cordial distaste for formality
Origin: Middle English ; from Midieval Latin cordialis ; from Classical Latin cor (gen. cordis), heart
- Rare a medicine, food, or drink that stimulates the heart
- an aromatic, syrupy alcoholic drink; liqueur
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- Warm and sincere; friendly: a cordial greeting; cordial relations. See Synonyms at gracious.
- Strongly felt; fervent: a cordial abhorrence of waste.
- Serving to invigorate; stimulating.
- A stimulant; a tonic.
- A liqueur.
Origin: Middle English, of the heart, from Medieval Latin cordiālis, from Latin cor, cord-, heart; see kerd- in Indo-European roots.
- cor·dialˈi·ty , corˈdial·ness noun
- corˈdial·ly adverb