cordial

[kawr-juhl or, esp. British, -dee-uhl]
adjective
1.
courteous and gracious; friendly; warm: a cordial reception.
2.
invigorating the heart; stimulating.
3.
sincere; heartfelt: a cordial dislike.
4.
Archaic. of or pertaining to the heart.
noun
5.
a strong, sweetened, aromatic alcoholic liquor; liqueur.
6.
a stimulating medicine.
7.
anything that invigorates or exhilarates.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin cordiālis, equivalent to Latin cordi- (stem of cor) heart + -ālis -al1

cordially, adverb
cordialness, noun
precordial, adjective
quasi-cordial, adjective
quasi-cordially, adverb
supercordial, adjective
supercordially, adverb
supercordialness, noun
uncordial, adjective
uncordially, adverb
uncordialness, noun


1. affectionate, genial. 2. cheering.
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cordial (ˈkɔːdɪəl)
 
adj
1.  warm and friendly: a cordial greeting
2.  giving heart; stimulating
 
n
3.  a drink with a fruit base, usually sold in concentrated form and diluted with water before being drunk: lime cordial
4.  another word for liqueur
 
[C14: from Medieval Latin cordiālis, from Latin cor heart]
 
'cordially
 
adv
 
'cordialness
 
n

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cordial
late 14c., from M.Fr. cordial, from M.L. cordialis "of or for the heart," from L. cor (gen. cordis) "heart" (see heart). Original sense of the noun was "medicine, food, or drink that stimulates the heart;" adj. meaning "heartfelt, from the heart" is late 15c. Related: Cordiality.

cordially
late 15c., "by heart," from cordial (q.v.). Meaning "heartily" is from 1530s; weakened sense of "with friendliness" is attested by 1781.
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