Definition of cordial in US English:

cordial

adjective

  • 1Warm and friendly.

    ‘the atmosphere was cordial and relaxed’
    • ‘I did so hope Dallas would give the Kennedys a warm and very cordial welcome.’
    • ‘‘The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere befitting the warm relations that exist between the two countries,’ he said.’
    • ‘Could I first of all say a very warm and cordial welcome to you, Mr Justham, and indeed to your colleagues.’
    • ‘The victorious Europeans weren't cordial friends.’
    • ‘Both parents and teachers must try to create a friendly and cordial atmosphere for the children.’
    • ‘He was a warm, cordial man, who immediately treated me like a long lost friend.’
    • ‘We are also aware of the importance to embrace the efforts of other civic organisations and we welcome the cordial respect and co-operation we have for each other.’
    • ‘He put the brakes on her chair and slipped up the ramp quickly, chatting with the man behind the counter in a friendly and cordial manner.’
    • ‘Current squeezes are, however, allowed to be upset if what's going on is not a cordial friendship, but a leftover entanglement of feelings and manipulations.’
    • ‘The hospital superintendent and staff try to extend a cordial welcome, but the Minister has no time for such trivialities.’
    • ‘A dog idly barked, adding to the majestic orchestra that played its beautiful music to the silent audience of nature, lulling everyone into a warm, cordial state of being.’
    • ‘I've always had a very cordial and warm personal relationship with the President of the United States.’
    • ‘Yesterday's historic gathering at which political parties met in a warm and cordial environment is commendable and a breakthrough.’
    • ‘The ministers claimed that the meeting was held in a very cordial manner and friendly manner.’
    • ‘Top fields, friendly bookmakers and cordial entertainment will make it the place to be this Saturday.’
    • ‘There was no awkward moments at the office, and we maintained a cordial professional relationship and a warm friendship.’
    • ‘Not necessary that each individual has a written invitation, if you have been forgotten take a stroll to the meeting and you will be given a cordial welcome.’
    • ‘As a matter of fact, it was a very cordial, very warm meeting.’
    • ‘I am sure the delegates and the athletes will enjoy a friendly and cordial welcome from the people of Athy.’
    • ‘We wish them a hearty and cordial welcome and long and peaceful lives in our parish community.’
    friendly, warm, genial, affable, amiable, pleasant, fond, affectionate, warm-hearted, good-natured, gracious, hospitable, welcoming
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    1. 1.1 Strongly felt.
      ‘I earned his cordial loathing’
      intense, strong, acute, violent, fierce, keen, fervent, fervid, ardent, passionate
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noun

  • 1North American

    another term for liqueur
    • ‘Strained once again and finished up with a dose of vodka, my cordial was looking nice and smelling lovely.’
    • ‘The next one is ‘Liqueurs, cordials, and bitters’.’
    • ‘When it comes right down to it, there seems to be no reason not to go wild with liqueurs and cordials, ‘Without all of them, all you can do is make basic-style drinks,’ says Shooters' Jackson.’
    • ‘And some of the best ingredients to work with are cordials, liqueurs and schnapps.’
    • ‘Heaven Hill markets more than 50 labels of bourbon, rye, scotch, vodka, gin, tequila, rum, cognac, wines and cordials.’
    • ‘Those four pages include 13 specialty drinks, six super creamy drinks, four Margaritas, 13 Martinis and eight coffee drinks made with whiskey, rum, cordials and whipped cream.’
    • ‘Of course, after-dinner drinks remain a stronghold for liqueurs and cordials.’
    • ‘But they are far more versatile than many cooks imagine, as they can be converted into jams and jellies, brandy and cordials.’
    • ‘Marie Brizard is a public company quoted on the French Stock Exchange and is world renowned for its tradition of quality wines, liquors, cognac, cocktails and cordials.’
    • ‘The tasting includes more than 60 wines, 12 beers and a selection of cordials.’
    • ‘Gin and vodka brands have featured Martini glasses in their ads for years, but now so do rums, cordials and other types of spirits.’
    • ‘Cognac and cordials are the preferred spirits, and Thursday night the big night out.’
    • ‘Rosolio came to denote a whole class of cordials and liqueurs.’
    • ‘Northern food will also be celebrated at Booths supermarket on Leeds Road, where specialist firms from across the North of England will supply unusual cordials, ales and dishes using all kinds of native ingredients.’
    • ‘Almost no rum aromas or flavors make it through the vanilla cloud, making it a great alternative to cordials or liqueurs when looking for a sweet spirit in crafting cocktails.’
    • ‘They are also used as ingredients in sweet dishes, an extensive and important role shared with liqueurs, cordials, and eaux-de-vie.’
    • ‘Beam has successfully increased the presence and trial of Jim Beam bourbon and DeKuyper cordials via local promotions and sponsorships, specifically among Latino consumers.’
    • ‘In our piece on cordials, we mistakenly referred to Campari as a French concoction, when any first-year bartender knows that the bright red bitters comes from Milan, Italy.’
    • ‘That doesn't mean cordials and liqueurs are dying, though.’
    • ‘Under the new regime, liqueur and cordials, which are currently taxed at the rate of 15 percent per liter under the jurisdiction of the Consumption Tax Act, will attract a new rate of 20 percent.’
    1. 1.1British A sweet fruit-flavored drink.
      ‘wine cups and fruit cordials’
      mass noun ‘a tall glass of blackcurrant cordial’
      squash, crush, concentrate
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  • 2A comforting or pleasant-tasting medicine.

    • ‘What I REALLY did was take three Nurofen and swig a mouthful of cordial.’
    • ‘Thorncroft's Detox Cordial helped quite a few sore heads and is a pleasant, thirst-quenching squash for summer.’
    • ‘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.’
    stimulant, restorative, refresher
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

cordial

/ˈkɔrdʒəl//ˈkôrjəl/