con·​viv·​ial | \ kən-ˈviv-yəl How to pronounce convivial (audio) , -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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conviviality \ kən-​ˌvi-​vē-​ˈa-​lə-​tē How to pronounce convivial (audio) \ noun
convivially \ kən-​ˈviv-​yə-​lē How to pronounce convivial (audio) , -​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
Recent Examples on the Web In London, the convivial pubs, which make the short days and long nights bearable, are shuttered. Washington Post, "With the virus raging, Europeans grudgingly accept the dashed hopes of Christmas," 24 Dec. 2020 The company is convivial, a fire pit is blazing and two cheerful barmen are serving up endless glasses of steaming Glühwein, a Christmassy concoction of spices, citrus, sugar and (usually bad) red wine. The Economist, "The joys and perils of Glühwein gatherings in Germany," 12 Dec. 2020 Already South Florida’s cooler, breezier patio weather is packing more crowds under the 50-seat parking-lot tent outside Troy Ganter’s convivial seafood hub, Papa’s Raw Bar. Phillip Valys,, "‘Leaner and meaner’: 5 ways South Florida restaurants will adapt, survive and evolve in 2021," 25 Nov. 2020 Familiarity won’t breed a convivial confirmation process, though. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "Rubio derides Biden's foreign policy team: 'Polite and orderly caretakers of America's decline'," 24 Nov. 2020 But what makes the book a page-turner is its tenor: drolly conspiratorial, affably best-friend-y, infectiously convivial and unapologetically pensive. Porochista Khakpour, Washington Post, "Michael J. Fox mixes candor, humor and hope in his heartfelt new memoir," 24 Nov. 2020 Polk Street is more of the got to be there, got to do that convivial atmosphere, very tourist-centric restaurant. Justin Phillips,, "Will the comfort food trend survive COVID-19?," 21 Sep. 2020 Ellis was a beacon of the New York art and entertainment world, known for his convivial air, penchant for playful fibbing, and teeming black book. Jordan Coley, The New Yorker, "When Public Television Had a Little “Soul!”," 23 Oct. 2020 To warm the place up, Brown first swapped the kitchen with the dining room; with a smaller footprint, the latter now has a convivial feel, while the new cook space has clerestory windows that soar to pine-sheathed, 20-foot-high ceilings. House Beautiful, "This Upstate New York Home Has Amazing, 20' Pitched Ceilings," 15 Oct. 2020

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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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7 Jan 2021

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“Convivial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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

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