bon vivant

bon vi·vant

noun \ˌbän-vē-ˈvänt, ˌbōⁿ-vē-ˈväⁿ\

: a person who likes going to parties and other social occasions and who enjoys good food, wine, etc.

plural bons vivants \ˌbän-vē-ˈvän(t)s, ˌbōⁿ-vē-ˈväⁿ(z)\ or bon vivants \same\

Full Definition of BON VIVANT

:  a person having cultivated, refined, and sociable tastes especially with respect to food and drink

Examples of BON VIVANT

  1. <a bon vivant who loves to hold dinner parties and serve exquisite, elaborate meals>

Origin of BON VIVANT

French, literally, good liver
First Known Use: circa 1695

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel


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