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

  • adj. Suited or favorable to one's comfort, purpose, or needs: a convenient time to receive guests; a convenient excuse for not going.
  • adj. Easy to reach; accessible: a bank with branches at six convenient locations.
  • adj. Close at hand; near: an apartment that is convenient to shopping and transportation.
  • adj. Obsolete Fitting and proper; suitable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to convenience; simple; easy; expedient.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Fit or adapted; suitable; proper; becoming; appropriate.
  • adj. Affording accommodation or advantage; well adapted to use; handly.
  • adj. Seasonable; timely; opportune.
  • adj. Near at hand; easy of access.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Fit; suitable; proper; becoming: used absolutely or with to or for.
  • Affording certain facilities or accommodation; commodious; serviceable; rendering some act or movement easy of performance or freeing it from obstruction: as, a very convenient staircase; a convenient harbor.
  • Opportune; favorable: as, a convenient hour.
  • At hand; easily accessible; readily obtained or found when wanted; handy.

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

  • adj. large and roomy (`convenient' is archaic in this sense)
  • adj. suited to your comfort or purpose or needs


Middle English, from Latin conveniēns, convenient-, present participle of convenīre, to be suitable, fit; see convene.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English convenient, from Latin conveniens ("fit, suitable, convenient"), present participle of convenire ("to come together, suit"); see convene and compare covenant. (Wiktionary)



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