cordial[kôr′jəl; chiefly Brit kôr′dē əl]
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 of cordialMiddle English ; from Medieval 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
- a. Warm and sincere; friendly: a cordial welcome; very cordial relations.b. Polite and respectful; formally pleasant: “He shook my hand, but not warmly; he was cordial, but not amiable” (Oliver Sacks).
- Strongly felt; fervent: a cordial abhorrence of waste.
- Archaic Invigorating; stimulating. Used especially of a beverage.
- A liqueur.
- An invigorating or medicinal drink; a tonic.
Origin of cordialMiddle English, of the heart, from Medieval Latin cordiālis, from Latin cor, cord-, heart; see kerd- in Indo-European roots.
- cor·dial′i·ty , cor′dial·ness
(comparative more cordial, superlative most cordial)
- (UK, Australia, New Zealand) A concentrated noncarbonated soft drink which is diluted with water before drinking.
- (UK, Australia, New Zealand) An individual serving of such a diluted drink.
- A pleasant-tasting medicine.
- A liqueur prepared using the infusion process.
- A candy (bonbon) usually made of milk chocolate, filled with small fruits (often maraschino cherries) and syrup or fondant.
From Middle French cordial (“stimulating the heart”), from Late Latin cordialis, from cor.