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

Other Words from convivial

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 The spirit of eating good food, making friends, and enjoying a convivial vibe is one that binds the village and keeps its dwellers here to stay. Angelika Pokovba, Travel + Leisure, 27 Dec. 2021 Part of Vision Hospitality Group, the 64-room boutique hotel embraces an open, convivial vibe without sacrificing comfort or style. Katie Chang, Forbes, 26 Sep. 2021 Its Whip Bar & Grill is a convivial spot with hearty food and microbrews. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, 21 Dec. 2021 The singer’s likeness is part of a charming mural of barn dancers welcoming visitors to the cafe’s convivial bar. Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2021 And that's the best because that's so convivial and so fun. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 23 Nov. 2021 Smith and Delilah’s sommelier, Cristie Norman, shared their expertise in creating a convivial meal to guide your own decadent dinner party. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 14 Nov. 2021 Squeeze yourself next to the counter of this convivial Halles eatery, where owner Gilles Belzons orders his meats from nearby butchers via a megaphone. Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2021 There’s no escaping the fact that the clientele at Streamsong is overwhelmingly male, but women will find 59 just as convivial, with plenty of culinary options. John Mariani, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021

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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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“Convivial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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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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