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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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 The trip that year felt like a gigantic convivial barbecue. Amy B Wang, azcentral, "It's nearly impossible to get a permit for the Havasupai waterfalls. Here's why," 22 May 2016 Served with a tomato-cucumber salad and a yogurt-lime sauce for dipping, the peel-and-eat shrimp make a convivial meal. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Recipe, The Legend: Bombay Bread Bar’s Black Pepper Shrimp," 12 July 2018 Get our daily newsletter Such permissiveness has made for a more convivial tournament than many expected. The Economist, "Russia shows another side at the World Cup," 5 July 2018 Hanks' Falstaff is manically convivial, less Dionysian archetype than one who sees the writing on the wall. Jordan Riefe, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Henry IV': Theater Review," 9 June 2018 Mr Modi’s visit to Washington last year was strikingly convivial. The Economist, "The Indian-American underachiever," 28 June 2018 Those gathered said dog shows like Detroit's are convivial for a general audience, despite their sometimes confounding conventions. Matthew Dolan, Detroit Free Press, "Prized pooches pampered, praised at Detroit Kennel Club annual show," 24 June 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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