cordial

If you like someone but you wouldn't say they're your friend, you might describe your relationship as cordial. Use cordial to describe a greeting or relationship that is friendly and sincere.

In Middle English, this adjective meant "of the heart," borrowed from Medieval Latin cordiālis, from Latin cor "heart." This core sense of "heart" can be seen in the synonyms heartfelt and hearty. The noun cordial originally referred to a medicine or drink that stimulates the heart, but its current sense is "a liqueur."

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: cordial

1
adj
politely warm and friendly
2
n
strong highly flavored sweet liquor usually drunk after a meal
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: cordial
1

adj politely warm and friendly

“a cordial handshake”
Synonyms
warm
psychologically warm; friendly and responsive

adj diffusing warmth and friendliness

cordial relations”
“a cordial greeting”
Synonyms:
affable, amiable, genial
friendly
characteristic of or befitting a friend

adj sincerely or intensely felt

“a cordial regard for his visitor's comfort”
“a cordial abhorrence of waste”
Synonyms
sincere
open and genuine; not deceitful
2

n strong highly flavored sweet liquor usually drunk after a meal

Synonyms:
liqueur
Types:
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absinth, absinthe
strong green liqueur flavored with wormwood and anise
amaretto
an Italian almond liqueur
anisette, anisette de Bordeaux
liquorice-flavored usually colorless sweet liqueur made from aniseed
benedictine
a French liqueur originally made by Benedictine monks
Chartreuse
aromatic green or yellow liqueur flavored with orange peel and hyssop and peppermint oils; made at monastery near Grenoble, France
coffee liqueur
coffee-flavored liqueur
creme de cacao
sweet liqueur flavored with vanilla and cacao beans
creme de menthe
sweet green or white mint-flavored liqueur
creme de fraise
strawberry-flavored liqueur
Drambuie
a sweet Scotch whisky liqueur
Galliano
golden Italian liqueur flavored with herbs
orange liqueur
liqueur flavored with orange
kummel
liqueur flavored with caraway seed or cumin
maraschino, maraschino liqueur
distilled from fermented juice of bitter wild marasca cherries
pastis
similar to absinthe but containing no wormwood
Pernod
(registered trademark) a liqueur flavored with anise
pousse-cafe
small drink served after dinner (especially several liqueurs poured carefully so as to remain in separate layers)
ratafee, ratafia
sweet liqueur made from wine and brandy flavored with plum or peach or apricot kernels and bitter almonds
sambuca
an Italian liqueur made with elderberries and flavored with licorice
curacao, curacoa
flavored with sour orange peel
triple sec
type of curacao having higher alcoholic content
Grand Marnier
an orange-flavored French liqueur
Kahlua
coffee-flavored liqueur made in Mexico
Type of:
alcohol, alcoholic beverage, alcoholic drink, inebriant, intoxicant
a liquor or brew containing alcohol as the active agent
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