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bon vivant

[bon vee-vahnt; French bawn vee-vahn] /ˈbɒn viˈvɑnt; French bɔ̃ viˈvɑ̃/
noun, plural bons vivants
[bon vee-vahnts; French bawn vee-vahn] /ˈbɒn viˈvɑnts; French bɔ̃ viˈvɑ̃/ (Show IPA)
1.
a person who lives luxuriously and enjoys good food and drink.
Origin
< French
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British Dictionary definitions for bon vivant

bon vivant

/bɔ̃ vivɑ̃/
noun (pl) bons vivants (bɔ̃ vivɑ̃)
1.
a person who enjoys luxuries, esp good food and drink Also called (but not in French) bon viveur (ˌbɒn viːˈvɜː)
Word Origin
literally: good living (man)
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Word Origin and History for bon vivant
n.

also bon-vivant, "one fond of good living," 1690s, French (see bon); the fem. is bonne vivante.

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