Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Fond of feasting, drinking, and good company; sociable. See Synonyms at social.
  • adj. Merry; festive: a convivial atmosphere at the reunion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or relating to a feast or entertainment, or to eating and drinking, with accompanying festivity; festive; social; gay; jovial.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or relating to a feast or entertainment, or to eating and drinking, with accompanying festivity; festive; social; gay; jovial.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating to or of the nature of a feast or an entertainment; festal; social; jovial.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. occupied with or fond of the pleasures of good company

Etymologies

Late Latin convīviālis, from Latin convīvium, banquet : com-, com- + vīvere, to live; see gwei- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin convīvium ("a feast"), combined form of con ("together") + vīvō ("to live"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • You have a chance to meet like-minded people, to discuss and air views, and to down the odd pint or two in convivial company.

    Boredom

  • One by one the Minitel's services disappeared, including the wildly popular adult chat services dubbed "convivial messaging" by France Télécom.

    France Télécom to Bid Adieu to Minitel

  • Many will recall his convivial nature, his humor, his thoughtfulness.

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  • While hardly what one would call a convivial conversationalist, he at least deigned to engage in some interspecies small talk.

    Sliding Scales

  • He was not what might be called convivial, though fond of good company - very little wine affecting him - so that a certain self-control became second nature to him.

    "Marse Henry" : an autobiography,

  • He was not what might be called convivial, though fond of good company -- very little wine affecting him -- so that a certain self-control became second nature to him.

    Marse Henry, Complete An Autobiography

  • The event was convivial and entertaining, and startling at the same time, because "convivial" and "entertaining" are not normally adjectives that one would apply to the man.

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  • But he loses the idea of the godly living among the un-godly for their benefit in the literally "convivial" way that Luther describes.

    Post-Secular Conviviality

  • The event Awake refers to was a party for Steve Ettlinger's nonfiction book Twinkie, Deconstructed, and it was an extremely "convivial" event.

    Archive 2007-04-20

  • You may have a larger vocabulary than I have, and you may say in regard to her that she is "convivial," or she is "merry," or she is "festive," or she is "exhilarated," but you can not with all your garlands of verbiage cover up the plain fact that it is an old-fashioned case of drunk.

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