cordial (adj.)

c. 1400, "of or pertaining to the heart" (a sense now obsolete or rare, replaced by cardiac), from Medieval Latin cordialis "of or for the heart," from Latin cor (genitive cordis) "heart," from PIE root *kerd- "heart." Meaning "heartfelt, proceeding from the heart as the supposed seat of kindly feelings" is from mid-15c. Related: Cordiality.

The noun meaning "something that invigorates" is from late 14c., originally "medicine, food, or drink that stimulates the heart." Meaning "sweet or aromatic liquor" is from 1610s.

updated on March 31, 2018

Definitions of cordial from WordNet
cordial (adj.)
diffusing warmth and friendliness;
cordial relations
a cordial greeting
Synonyms: affable / amiable / genial
cordial (adj.)
politely warm and friendly;
a cordial handshake
cordial (adj.)
sincerely or intensely felt;
a cordial regard for his visitor's comfort
a cordial abhorrence of waste
cordial (n.)
strong highly flavored sweet liquor usually drunk after a meal;
Synonyms: liqueur
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