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convivial

[kuh n-viv-ee-uh l]
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adjective
  1. friendly; agreeable: a convivial atmosphere.
  2. fond of feasting, drinking, and merry company; jovial.
  3. 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 formscon·viv·i·al·ist, nouncon·viv·i·al·i·ty, nouncon·viv·i·al·ly, adverbnon·con·viv·i·al, adjectivenon·con·viv·i·al·ly, adverbnon·con·viv·i·al·i·ty, noun

Synonyms

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1. sociable, companionable, genial.
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Historical Examples

  • I laughed out clear and loud, stepped up to the convivialist, took him by the shoulders and faced him about.

    St. Ives

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • I laughed out clear and loud, stepped up to the convivialist, took him by the shoulders, and faced him about.


British Dictionary definitions for convivialist

convivial

adjective
  1. sociable; jovial or festivea convivial atmosphere
Derived Formsconvivialist, nounconviviality, nounconvivially, 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 convivialist

convivial

adj.

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.

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