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convivium (plural convivia)

  1. A symposium.
    • 2009 April 28, Pamela Cuthbert, “Slow food author promotes focus on food producers”, in Toronto Star[1]:
      In Canada, there are more than 1,500 members and 39 convivia or local chapters.
    • 2012, Susan Sontag, “2/15/70”, in David Rieff, editor, As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, →ISBN:
      I neglect the convivium (many people) in the hunger for the kind of fullness of being only possible in the dialogue (verbal mostly, sometimes physical) with one other person.
  2. (ecology) A geographically isolated population of a species that shows differentiation from other populations of the same species; becomes a subspecies or ecotype



From convīvō +‎ -ium.



convīvium n (genitive convīviī or convīvī); second declension

  1. a banquet, a party, a feast
    Synonyms: cōmissātiō, dominium, epulum, epulae, fēsta, daps


Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative convīvium convīvia
Genitive convīviī
Dative convīviō convīviīs
Accusative convīvium convīvia
Ablative convīviō convīviīs
Vocative convīvium convīvia

1Found in older Latin (until the Augustan Age).

Derived terms[edit]


  • Friulian: convivi
  • Italian: convivio
  • Portuguese: convívio
  • Spanish: convivio
  • English: convivium
  • Old French: convive


  • convivium”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • convivium”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • convivium in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • convivium in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[2], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to prepare, give a feast, dinner: convivium instruere, apparare, ornare (magnifice, splendide)
    • to welcome some one to one's table: adhibere aliquem cenae or ad cenam, convivio or in convivium
    • a repast which begins in good time: convivia tempestiva (Arch. 6. 13)
  • convivium”, in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • convivium”, in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin