con·​ve·​nient kən-ˈvēn-yənt How to pronounce convenient (audio)
: suited to personal comfort or to easy performance
meeting at a convenient time
: suited to a particular situation
a convenient excuse
: affording accommodation or advantage
found it convenient to deal with both problems at the same time
: being near at hand : close
a location convenient to the train station
obsolete : suitable, proper
conveniently adverb

Examples of convenient in a Sentence

"You know, you have a very convenient way, Alsi, of forgetting what happened two minutes ago." Zadie Smith, White Teeth, (2000) 2001
It was more convenient to take my meals in bed, where all I had to do was push away my tray with its uneaten food and fall back upon my pillows … Stanley Elkin, Harper's, January 1993
The Horses I would have you send to some good pasture … if you can find one convenient. George Washington 10 May 1756, in The Papers of George Washington1984
… at last, after a dreadful struggle in a difficult place where there seemed to be no convenient branches at all, he got near the top. J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, 1937
When is a convenient time for you to meet? The controls are located in a convenient spot on the dashboard. It might be more convenient to use a calculator, rather than adding the numbers yourself. a convenient method of cleaning windows Schools, churches, and stores are all convenient from here. The power failure was a convenient excuse to leave work early. The economic recession gave lawmakers a convenient pretext for passing the bill. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Additionally, the open-crotch design allows for convenient bathroom breaks, eliminating any hassle when getting undressed. Courtney Leiva, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2023 A couple of correspondents suggested a reason: The executive chair position is a convenient excuse for maintaining an oversized pay packages. Alan Murray, Fortune, 8 Sep. 2023 Take it on the go or easily store it away in its convenient travel case. Emily Rochotte, Women's Health, 7 Sep. 2023 While both oils can be consumed orally or applied topically, some people may find one method more convenient than the other based on their lifestyle or personal preferences. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 7 Sep. 2023 Like all genre labels, this one is ultimately more convenient than illuminating. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Sep. 2023 The tree stand is foldable, too, for convenient storage. Stephanie Osmanski, Southern Living, 3 Sep. 2023 After that, the cheapest and most convenient flight is to San Jose’s airport. Scott McMurren, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Sep. 2023 Rather than compete with friends for the city’s fanciest properties, its Park and Fifth Avenue gems, the Gural family bought up cheap manufacturing spaces in convenient locations. Emma Goldberg Haruka Sakaguchi, New York Times, 1 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English, from Latin convenient-, conveniens, from present participle of convenire to assemble, come together, be suitable, from com- + venire to come — more at come

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of convenient was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Convenient.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


con·​ve·​nient kən-ˈvēn-yənt How to pronounce convenient (audio)
: suited to a person's comfort or easy use
a convenient time
a convenient location
: easy to get to
schools, churches, and stores are all convenient
conveniently adverb

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