[kon-vahyv; French kawn-veev]

noun, plural con·vives [kon-vahyvz; French kawn-veev] /ˈkɒn vaɪvz; French kɔ̃ˈviv/.

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for convive

Historical Examples of convive

  • It was impossible, unless the convive sat as a centre-piece in the middle, to put another guest at that table.

    A Little Dinner at Timmins's

    William Makepeace Thackeray

Word Origin and History for convive

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