Definition of bon vivant
- has become a bon vivant since moving to the city
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a bon vivant who loves to hold dinner parties and serve exquisite, elaborate meals
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."
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: a person who likes going to parties and other social occasions and who enjoys good food, wine, etc.
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