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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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  • There are continual jests about the contrast between this Ulsterman's austerity and the conviviality of Colonel Clancy.

  • This is conviviality; but it has no relation to drunkenness.

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  • conviviality often joins with practical necessity to provide social occasions for North Dakotans.

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  • Gay calls him "joyous Ford," and he was given to over-indulgence in conviviality.

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  • In all the conviviality poured over him as bridegroom by laughing friends, Morris was very careful not to go too far that summer.

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  • The other Officers have all their eyes upon you; they are inviting you to join in their conviviality.

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  • This unpleasant reminder had a very damping effect on the conviviality of the party generally.

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  • The men of the old Musselburgh Club were great in conviviality.

  • Apparently they succumb to conviviality when it is presented to them in the guise of a business duty.

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  • I am by disposition inclined to conviviality, and the social meal.

British Dictionary definitions for conviviality


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 conviviality



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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