bon vivant

noun bon vi·vant \ ˌbän-vē-ˈvänt , ˌbōⁿ-vē-ˈväⁿ \

Definition of bon vivant

plural bons vivants play \ˌbän-vē-ˈvän(t)s, ˌbōⁿ-vē-ˈväⁿ(z)\ or bon vivants play \ same \
: a person having cultivated, refined, and sociable tastes especially with respect to food and drink
  • has become a bon vivant since moving to the city

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Examples of bon vivant in a Sentence

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

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Did You Know?

Fans of fine French wine and cuisine won't be surprised to hear that the French language gave us a number of words for those who enjoy good living and good eating. Gourmet, gourmand, and gastronome come from French, as does bon vivant. In the late 17th century, English speakers borrowed this French phrase, which literally means "good liver." No, we don't mean liver, as in that iron-rich food your mother made you eat. We mean liver, as in "one who lives" - in this case, "one who lives well."

Origin and Etymology of bon vivant

French, literally, good liver


BON VIVANT Defined for English Language Learners

bon vivant

noun

Definition of bon vivant for English Language Learners

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



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