convivial

adjective con·viv·ial \ kən-ˈviv-yəl , -ˈvi-vē-əl \
Updated on: 16 Dec 2017

Definition of convivial

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

conviviality

play \kən-ˌvi-vē-ˈa-lə-tē\ noun

convivially

play \kən-ˈviv-yə-lē, -ˈvi-vē-ə-lē\ adverb

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Examples of convivial in a Sentence

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

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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."

Origin and Etymology of convivial

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


CONVIVIAL Defined for English Language Learners

convivial

adjective

Definition of convivial for English Language Learners

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



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