joie de vivre

joie de vivre

[zhwaduh vee-vruh]
French.
a delight in being alive; keen, carefree enjoyment of living.

Origin:
literally, joy of living

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joie de vivre (ʒwa də vivrə)
 
n
joy of living; enjoyment of life; ebullience

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joie de vivre [(zhwah duh veev-ruh, veev)]

A love of life. From French, meaning “joy of living.”

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