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[kuh n-viv-ee-uh l] /kənˈvɪv i əl/
friendly; agreeable:
a convivial atmosphere.
fond of feasting, drinking, and merry company; jovial.
of or befitting a feast; festive.
Origin of convivial
1660-70; < Late Latin convīviālis festal, equivalent to Latin convīvi(um) feast (convīv(ere) to live together, dine together (con- con- + vīvere to live) + -ium -ium) + -ālis -al1
Related forms
convivialist, noun
conviviality, noun
convivially, adverb
nonconvivial, adjective
nonconvivially, adverb
nonconviviality, noun
1. sociable, companionable, genial. Unabridged
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  • Some convivial spirit had lost his balance and had fallen to the floor, dragging with him several bottles.

    The Grey Cloak Harold MacGrath
  • It is a most refreshing, convivial, beautiful object to behold.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • His mornings thus engaged in routine work, Mr. Welby enjoyed his evenings in a convivial way.

    Kenelm Chillingly, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • It expresses the reluctance of a convivial party to break up.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • He had been at work while Mr. Bumpkin in his convivial moments was protesting that he did not p. 364owe anyone a shilling.

  • It was then that the floodgates of convivial eloquence would be unloosed.

    Orley Farm Anthony Trollope
  • He could scarcely be called gay; yet few persons more tended to animate the general spirits of a convivial circle.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for convivial


sociable; jovial or festive: a convivial atmosphere
Derived Forms
convivialist, noun
conviviality, noun
convivially, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin convīviālis pertaining to a feast, from Latin convīvium, a living together, banquet, from vīvere to live
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Word Origin and History for convivial

1660s, "pertaining to a feast," from Late Latin convivialis, from Latin convivium "a feast," from convivere "to carouse together," from com- "together" (see com-) + vivere "to live" (see vital). Meaning "sociable" is from 18c. Related: Conviviality.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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