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(edited) I am having trouble finding a single word to describe a person who likes to "celebrate". This is different from "party animal", "clubber", "reveller" or "socialite". Specifically, I am looking for a noun that is designated for such a person.

The said person has the personality that simply enjoys being with friends and likes to find occasions to celebrate, in good spirits. In addition, the said person not only goes to party, but s/he takes the initiative to propose having one to celebrate (an event/life/news...etc) whenever s/he finds the opportunity to do so.

Any help? Thanks.

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  • Somebody defined the type 'celebrator': "This person is someone who is the life of the party, always happy, and has never met a person he doesn’t like, since he is always looking for the good in people. “The difficulty with the celebrator is that as quickly as the rain changes directions, this person can change. They will jump from one idea to the other before you have anything finalized,”". castool.com/blog/2013/05/… But maybe stick to 'big celebrator'? – We oath to creation Aug 19 '16 at 15:31
  • I'd suggest "gregarious" vocabulary.com/dictionary/gregarious . It doesn't have the same potentially negative connotations of "party animal" (drug or alcohol dependence) or "socialite" (shallow). – Max Williams Aug 19 '16 at 15:39
  • How about social butterfly? What's wrong with socialite? To my knowledge it's not a negative word.. – Othya Aug 19 '16 at 15:51
  • Someone like that would definitely be an "extrovert", but that's certainly not specific enough. – BradC Aug 19 '16 at 16:07
  • Perhaps it's because of the influence from the media, I tend to associate the words/terms "social butterfly", "socialite" and "party animal" with a negative connotation. Strictly speaking, the situations I had in mind do conform to the definition of "party", and as such, a person who likes to do things "in a party" can technically be described by all the aforementioned terms. But I am hoping someone else may come up with a term, other than celebrator, which is a good one for me, that conveys the simple idea of someone who is social and likes to celebrate. Thanks to all who have contributed. – B Chen Aug 19 '16 at 16:16

The perfect word, I think, would be convivial, meaning

enjoying good company; sociable; characterized by merry celebrating; festive: a convivial atmosphere at the reunion.

So you could say of the person to whom you refer:

My friend is such a convivial fellow that he would like to attend a party every night of the week if he could!


Collins offers two definitions of party-goer

  1. a person at a party:

Chants from the drunken party-goers woke residents and the police were called.

At least half the party-goers were under 15.

  1. a person who goes to a lot of parties:

Nigel Coates, the architect, party-goer and motorbike owner

There is also the term life of the party

A vivacious and sociable person.

Oxford Dictionaries Online

thefreedictionary.com amplifies

he life of the party (Informal): An animated, amusing person who is the center of attention at a social gathering.

citing American Heritage

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