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[kuh n-viv-ee-uh l] /kənˈvɪv i əl/
friendly; agreeable:
a convivial atmosphere.
fond of feasting, drinking, and merry company; jovial.
of or befitting a feast; festive.
Origin of convivial
1660-70; < Late Latin convīviālis festal, equivalent to Latin convīvi(um) feast (convīv(ere) to live together, dine together (con- con- + vīvere to live) + -ium -ium) + -ālis -al1
Related forms
convivialist, noun
conviviality, noun
convivially, adverb
nonconvivial, adjective
nonconvivially, adverb
nonconviviality, noun
1. sociable, companionable, genial. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for convivial
  • The gentry who pressed him to their houses and who were all convivial have much to answer for.
  • Throughout their whole journey by boat and train they were highly convivial, but they instinctively kept together.
  • Hot tubs and fireplaces make for convivial canoodling.
  • It will cut down on your phone bill and make for a more convivial experience.
  • It's enormously convivial while still being a serious conference.
  • When he was in a convivial mood, his gaze was said to be warm, even seductive.
  • The mood was convivial and the sound was appropriately sharp and loud, but not oppressively so.
  • Noshing down at one of the terminal concessions is about as convivial as a hog trough.
  • The convivial mood is dampened only by the task at hand.
  • convivial conversation ensued, and at one point the agent asked his host if he could get him some whiskey.
British Dictionary definitions for convivial


sociable; jovial or festive: a convivial atmosphere
Derived Forms
convivialist, noun
conviviality, noun
convivially, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin convīviālis pertaining to a feast, from Latin convīvium, a living together, banquet, from vīvere to live
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Word Origin and History for convivial

1660s, "pertaining to a feast," from Late Latin convivialis, from Latin convivium "a feast," from convivere "to carouse together," from com- "together" (see com-) + vivere "to live" (see vital). Meaning "sociable" is from 18c. Related: Conviviality.

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