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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)
a person who lives luxuriously and enjoys good food and drink.
Origin of bon vivant
< French Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for bon-vivant
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  • However, the Mayor was a bon-vivant, and I do not wish to have a better set of bins to pick from.

  • He has the air of a bon-vivant, and speaks English extremely well.

    Hushed Up William Le Queux
  • In the first seven verses of this discourse, I cannot help seeing a gentle allusion to Schopenhauer's habits as a bon-vivant.

    Thus Spake Zarathustra Friedrich Nietzsche
  • He once bluntly told a bon-vivant gentleman to “Live on sixpence a day, and earn it!”

  • He was a Whig without rancour, and a bon-vivant without selfishness.

    A Book about Doctors John Cordy Jeaffreson
  • "Well, I am content rather to live than to contemplate life," said the bon-vivant.

    Tales From Bohemia Robert Neilson Stephens
British Dictionary definitions for bon-vivant

bon vivant

/bɔ̃ vivɑ̃/
noun (pl) bons vivants (bɔ̃ vivɑ̃)
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

bon vivant


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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