1. occupied with or fond of the pleasures of good company; “a convivial atmosphere at the reunion”; “a woman of convivial nature”; “he was a real good-time Charlie”
  1. (of an atmosphere or event) friendly, lively, and enjoyable a convivial cocktail party

(of a person) cheerful and friendly; jovial she was relaxed and convivial


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



  1. he was always a convivial host | the convivial after-dinner atmosphere

Similar Words: 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 couthy backslapping chummy pally matey clubby buddy-buddy conversable

Opposites: unfriendly unsociable