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
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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 26 Oct. 2021.

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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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