Definition of convivial in US English:

convivial

adjective

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

    • ‘Here there are frequent, warmly convivial gatherings which involve the consumption of generous quantities of alcohol.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, its gentleness and compassion for its characters make it a very enjoyable and convivial way to spend two hours.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I would describe the event as a convivial talk with a rather short period for questions.’
    • ‘Enjoy a glass of wine, discuss, argue or simply listen and soak up the convivial atmosphere of this book gathering.’
    • ‘Certainly it was all very merry, convivial and informal.’
    • ‘The clientele is a broader mix than your typical midtown crowd, creating an atmosphere that's more convivial than intimidating.’
    • ‘Following the meeting, there was a convivial lunch with local hosts and the announcement of prizes won.’
    • ‘The convivial, unpretentious atmosphere and the often interesting art and photography exhibitions are highlights too.’
    • ‘There's an exceptionally warm, relaxed and convivial atmosphere here, with comfy sofas on rugged quarry tiles and a log-burning stove.’
    • ‘On the whole our writing sessions are convivial.’
    • ‘The audience thrilled to everything they watched and a festive, convivial atmosphere marked the whole occasion.’
    • ‘Traditionally set tables are far enough apart to be intimate but close enough to augment the convivial atmosphere.’
    • ‘It was a lively, convivial atmosphere - gone but not forgotten.’
    • ‘Or you could simply soak up the convivial atmosphere and practise your French with the friendly stallholders.’
    • ‘The atmosphere was convivial and the crowds thronged accordingly.’
    • ‘It was a magnificent evening and it was good to meet so many friends in such a convivial and joyful atmosphere.’
    • ‘The after dinner events included music, dance and convivial conversations, which were thoroughly enjoyed by all present for this special occasion.’
    • ‘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.’
    friendly, affable, amicable, cordial, neighbourly, hospitable, companionable, gregarious, clubbable
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    1. 1.1 (of a person) cheerful and friendly; jovial.
      • ‘I'm convivial, funny, and virtually fluent in my host nation's language (whatever that happens to be).’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I was convivial when it praised me, combative when it didn't.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The chef/owner is grilling an order of tequila-lime chicken skewers when our convivial waitress arrives.’
      • ‘Usually charming, persuasive, and convivial, a person born under this sign can snap and quite suddenly launch into a tirade or a tantrum.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      friendly, genial, affable, amiable, congenial, agreeable, good-humoured, cordial, warm, sociable, outgoing, gregarious, clubbable, companionable, hail-fellow-well-met
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Origin

Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘fit for a feast, festive’): from Latin convivialis, from convivium ‘a feast’, from con- ‘with’ + vivere ‘live’.

Pronunciation

convivial

/kənˈvivēəl//kənˈvɪviəl/