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  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

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Historical Examples of convivially

  • As late as August 1864, on the visit to Halifax of some Canadian delegates, he had been convivially eloquent in favour of union.

    The Tribune of Nova Scotia

    W. L. (William Lawson) Grant

  • "Have a peach," he said convivially, laying an enormous Late Crawford on the corner of the desk.

British Dictionary definitions for convivially


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

Word Origin for convivial

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 convivially



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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