Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, mid-17th century
(Of an atmosphere or event) friendly, lively, and enjoyable; (of a person) cheerful and friendly; jovial
Examples of Convivial in a sentence
"The housewarming party was convivial and welcoming."
"Thérèse was a charming, convivial dinner host — and a good cook, too."
Popularity Over Time
This term originates from the Latin “convivialis,” which stems from “convivium,” meaning “a feast.” “Con-” is “with,” and “vivere” means “live.”
Did you Know?
Convivial is also the name of a popular French bistro in northwestern Washington, D.C. Like the definition of “convivial,” the interior is casual and welcoming.