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Word of the Day: Convivial

Aug 15, 2019 | The Dictionary Project: Word of the Day | 0 comments

con-vi-vi-al / kən-ˈviv-yəl
1.      friendly; agreeable
It is a curious truth that many cats enjoy warmer, more convivial, even affectionate relationships with humans than they could ever do with fellow felines.
Bruce Fogle, 1944-
2.      jovial; fond of merrymaking
When you’re younger, you go out and you’re convivial because you have to be.
Jim Shaw, 1952-
3.      of or related to merrymaking
Home-made bread rubbed with garlic and sprinkled with olive oil, shared – with a flask of wine – between working people, can be more convivial than any feast.
Patience Gray, 1917-2005
First used in the 1660s, the word meant ‘pertaining to or the nature of a feast’.Convivial comes from the Late Latin convivialis (‘pertaining to a feast’), which comes from convivium (‘a feast’), which came from the verb convivere (‘to carouse together’). The meaning associated with definition 1 was first used in the 18th century.

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By PDG Scott McLaughlin

District Governor 2019-2020
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