Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Enjoying good company; sociable. synonym: social.
  • adjective Characterized by merry celebrating; festive.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective occupied with or fond of the pleasures of good company

Etymologies

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

[Late Latin convīviālis, from Latin convīvium, banquet : com-, com- + vīvere, to live; see gwei- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin convīvium ("a feast"), combined form of con ("together") + vīvō ("to live").

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

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

    Kennedy remembered

  • 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.

    A sign of decency in an era of division and cynicism

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

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • 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

  • 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 (Volume 2) An Autobiography

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

    The Moderate Voice

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