con·​viv·​ial | \ kən-ˈviv-yəl, -ˈvi-vē-əl\

Definition of convivial

: relating to, occupied with, or fond of feasting, drinking, and good company a convivial host a convivial gathering

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Other Words from convivial

conviviality \ kən-​ˌvi-​vē-​ˈa-​lə-​tē \ noun
convivially \ kən-​ˈviv-​yə-​lē , -​ˈvi-​vē-​ə-​lē \ adverb

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Convivial traces to "convivium," a Latin word meaning "banquet," and tends to suggest a mood of full-bellied joviality. Charles Dickens aptly captures that sense in his novel David Copperfield: "We had a beautiful little dinner. Quite an elegant dish of fish; the kidney-end of a loin of veal, roasted; fried sausage-meat; a partridge, and a pudding. There was wine, and there was strong ale.... Mr. Micawber was uncommonly convivial. I never saw him such good company. He made his face shine with the punch, so that it looked as if it had been varnished all over. He got cheerfully sentimental about the town, and proposed success to it."

Examples of convivial in a Sentence

the hiking club attracts a wide range of convivial people who share a love of the outdoors

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Many members say that Yildirim is warm and convivial in private, but his public persona is of a fiery figure with a penchant for confrontation and conspiracy theories. New York Times, "Election Day for a Beleaguered Turkish Soccer Power," 1 June 2018 For those who want a break from the formality of the traditional French dining experience, this market offers a relaxed and convivial atmosphere (and a great place to stock up on snacks for your hotel room or Airbnb). Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Food Tours in Paris," 3 Mar. 2018 Still, the service is hospitable, and the convivial vibe extends to the setting in a long, low former garage, enlivened by a bright, stenciled mural of giant hops hovering over the Sacramento skyline, painted by an employee. Kate Washington, sacbee, "Food at this craft-beer Valhalla is better than it needs to be | The Sacramento Bee," 23 Feb. 2018 Every October, art world insiders gather at vibrant galleries and convivial museums in Bogotá, Colombia. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, "Where to Go During ArtBo Bogotá, the Art Basel of Latin America," 18 Oct. 2018 The tone of the summit — much of which was broadcast live in South Korea but not North Korea — was convivial and at times jocular, with Kim showing surprising honesty about the differences in conditions between the two nations. Choe Sang-hun,, "North and South Korea set bold, but difficult, goals for peace," 28 Apr. 2018 The tone of the summit meeting — much of which was broadcast live in South Korea but not North Korea — was convivial and at times jocular, with Mr. Kim showing surprising honesty about the differences in conditions between the two nations. Choe Sang-hun, New York Times, "North and South Korea Set Bold Goals: A Final Peace and No Nuclear Arms," 27 Apr. 2018 However, the mood at the park was less competitive and more convivial, with members chatting, eating pizza and taking shifts on the equipment. Mark Kellam,, "Crescenta Valley Radio Club participates in national event," 29 June 2018 Inside, the space bathes everyone – from guests who clearly just got out of spin class to those gussied up – in a convivial glow. Kate Washington, sacbee, "Dining review: Unpretentious and exceptional, East Sacramento’s Canon is an ‘instant classic’ | The Sacramento Bee," 12 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of convivial

circa 1668, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for convivial

Late Latin convivialis, from Latin convivium banquet, from com- + vivere to live — more at quick entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of convivial

: of or relating to social events where people can eat, drink, and talk in a friendly way with others

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