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[kon-vahyv; French kawn-veev] /ˈkɒn vaɪv; French kɔ̃ˈviv/
noun, plural convives
[kon-vahyvz; French kawn-veev] /ˈkɒn vaɪvz; French kɔ̃ˈviv/ (Show IPA)
an eating or drinking companion; fellow diner or drinker.
Origin of convive
1640-50; < French < Latin convīva table-companion, guest, equivalent to con- con- + -vīva, derivative of vīvere to live. See vital Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • On Wednesdays there was always a dinner at the Palazzo Lanfranchi, to which the convives were cordially welcomed.

    Byron Richard Edgcumbe
  • The convives on this occasion were merely the admiral himself, Greenly, and Atwood.

    The Two Admirals J. Fenimore Cooper
  • As a matter of course, the convives had left the table, and alarm was frightening the servants into sobriety.

    The Two Admirals J. Fenimore Cooper
  • It was devoured to the rind, after which the convives reclined luxuriously upon a mound of excelsior beside an empty crate.

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson
  • While the convives were passing through the hall, Mr. Sidney, the physiognomist and expert, seemed disinclined to proceed.

  • Reuss writes on this passage: "La cuisse n'est point agite, mais simplement preleve sur ce que les convives mangeront."

  • A mug of foaming hafanaf (so a certain sort of beer is called) was placed by the side of most of the convives.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • The uniformity of costume appears to represent uniformity of sentiment and to ensure a sort of harmony amongst the convives.

    The Intellectual Life =Philip Gilbert Hamerton
  • In the opposite box there are covers for four, but only three convives.

    Recollections of a Policeman William Russell (aka Thomas Waters)
  • Here is a case in point that was narrated to me by one of the three convives.

    Human Intercourse Philip Gilbert Hamerton
Word Origin and History for convives



1640s, from French convive, from Latin conviva "one who feasts with others," from convivere (see convivial). In mid-19c., also "woman 'who lives in the same house with a number of others.' "

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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