[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 convives

Historical Examples of convives

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

    The Two Admirals

    J. Fenimore Cooper

  • 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

  • Such was the fortune of him who was one, and, I repeat it, the pleasantest of our convives.

  • 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

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