Definition of convivial in English:



  • 1(of an atmosphere or event) friendly, lively, and enjoyable.

    ‘a convivial cocktail party’
    • ‘The after dinner events included music, dance and convivial conversations, which were thoroughly enjoyed by all present for this special occasion.’
    • ‘The atmosphere was convivial and the crowds thronged accordingly.’
    • ‘This article suggests these were not for new mothers, but rather for convivial suppers, with the liquor drunk from the spout and the ‘custard’ eaten from the top.’
    • ‘Enjoy a glass of wine, discuss, argue or simply listen and soak up the convivial atmosphere of this book gathering.’
    • ‘Or you could simply soak up the convivial atmosphere and practise your French with the friendly stallholders.’
    • ‘Following the meeting, there was a convivial lunch with local hosts and the announcement of prizes won.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, its gentleness and compassion for its characters make it a very enjoyable and convivial way to spend two hours.’
    • ‘There's an exceptionally warm, relaxed and convivial atmosphere here, with comfy sofas on rugged quarry tiles and a log-burning stove.’
    • ‘I would describe the event as a convivial talk with a rather short period for questions.’
    • ‘Certainly it was all very merry, convivial and informal.’
    • ‘Here there are frequent, warmly convivial gatherings which involve the consumption of generous quantities of alcohol.’
    • ‘On the whole our writing sessions are convivial.’
    • ‘The audience thrilled to everything they watched and a festive, convivial atmosphere marked the whole occasion.’
    • ‘It was a magnificent evening and it was good to meet so many friends in such a convivial and joyful atmosphere.’
    • ‘Traditionally set tables are far enough apart to be intimate but close enough to augment the convivial atmosphere.’
    • ‘The convivial, unpretentious atmosphere and the often interesting art and photography exhibitions are highlights too.’
    • ‘But she travels, writes, cooks and cultivates her friendships over long, convivial lunches at her beloved kitchen table.’
    • ‘It's a convivial scene where people actually talk to each other; it is definitely not for those who prefer to stand and pose and give off icy attitude.’
    • ‘The clientele is a broader mix than your typical midtown crowd, creating an atmosphere that's more convivial than intimidating.’
    • ‘It was a lively, convivial atmosphere - gone but not forgotten.’
    friendly, affable, amicable, cordial, neighbourly, hospitable, companionable, gregarious, clubbable
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    1. 1.1(of a person) cheerful and friendly; jovial.
      ‘she was relaxed and convivial’
      • ‘Well, I got drunk during the opening, and I was feeling very convivial and happy with the people who were there and the work itself.’
      • ‘He was convivial and charming; he worked hard in the firm and took seriously the responsibilities that went with his position; and he rode the wave of his authors' popular success.’
      • ‘Usually charming, persuasive, and convivial, a person born under this sign can snap and quite suddenly launch into a tirade or a tantrum.’
      • ‘I was convivial when it praised me, combative when it didn't.’
      • ‘I'm convivial, funny, and virtually fluent in my host nation's language (whatever that happens to be).’
      • ‘Even at the French ambassador's welcoming lawn party last fall, convivial speakers had to compete for attention with a baby gazelle nibbling randomly at the toes of international guests.’
      • ‘Shelbourne of the League of Ireland would obviously be highly convivial opposition if they come through Round One.’
      • ‘We didn't spot the birds we set out for, but we still had a great time. Our birding companions were convivial as well as knowledgeable, and as a bonus, we saw some new birds.’
      • ‘The food was cheap, the service cheerful and the company convivial when eight of us opted for an easy meal at Gibraltar in Parnell recently.’
      • ‘You get plenty of atmosphere, and all the trimmings, but in the civilised company of a group of convivial adults (and someone else does the washing-up).’
      • ‘The chef/owner is grilling an order of tequila-lime chicken skewers when our convivial waitress arrives.’
      • ‘Somewhere in all this, there is the no less vivid memory of a large, convivial man in a dark collarless suit, with gold on his hands and wrists, addressing a meeting in London a year or so before Angola's only elections.’
      • ‘Now, in his dotage, aged 40, he has gone to that convivial players' retirement home - the BBC.’
      • ‘You are my enemy, and I'm not going to come here and put on a show that says that we are convivial and that we are colleagues and all we do is disagree in the daytime but at night we go out and have a beer.’
      • ‘But, in truth, she was pretty convivial, until she decided that she didn't particularly like you, and then slapped you on the back of the head.’
      friendly, genial, affable, amiable, congenial, agreeable, good-humoured, cordial, warm, sociable, outgoing, gregarious, clubbable, companionable, hail-fellow-well-met
      cheerful, jolly, jovial, merry, lively, enjoyable, festive
      backslapping, chummy, pally
      clubby, buddy-buddy
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Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘fit for a feast, festive’): from Latin convivialis, from convivium a feast, from con- with + vivere live.