convivial

adjective
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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Other Words from convivial

conviviality \ kən-​ˌvi-​vē-​ˈa-​lə-​tē How to pronounce conviviality (audio) \ noun
convivially \ kən-​ˈviv-​yə-​lē How to pronounce convivially (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

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Tending the convivial bar is beverage director Phil Anova. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Aging is a very good thing at Anju in Dupont Circle," 6 Sep. 2019 The staff here creates a friendly convivial atmosphere, and always seems game for a chat. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best BBQ in Austin," 27 Feb. 2018 The convivial atmosphere of folks wearing lobster bibs and chowing down family-style is enhanced by the post-meal contra dancing, with live musicians directing the set. Pamela Wright, BostonGlobe.com, "Bring on the sing-alongs and s’mores at Sebasco Harbor Resort," 3 Sep. 2019 The designer worked with screens to protect the walls, play with scale, and create a warm, convivial vibe. Mary Winston Nicklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Food Lovers Should Visit Lyon This Fall," 11 June 2019 The deal, born out of reportedly convivial talks between Mr Elkann and Mr Senard, was greeted with approval by investors. The Economist, "A merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Renault is no more," 6 June 2019 The city’s convivial Art Walk is held every Thursday evening from November through June, when the weather is practically perfect every day. Jenny Peters, National Geographic, "Baja California Sur: The ultimate road trip," 25 July 2019 The subsequent hearing attracted national attention, with reporters cramming into the Brattleboro town hall, and, in the opinion of most, the jokey, convivial local fellow came off far better than the stuffy, irascible Englishman. Charles Mcgrath, The New Yorker, "Rudyard Kipling in America," 1 July 2019 An espresso, a convivial greeting, and a pastel de nata (an eggy custard tart) start the day. Anne Farrar, National Geographic, "Here’s why everyone is going to Portugal now," 18 June 2019

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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

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English Language Learners Definition of convivial

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

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