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Examples of bon vivant in a Sentence
a bon vivant who loves to hold dinner parties and serve exquisite, elaborate meals
Recent Examples of bon vivant from the Web
Earlier — during, say, the 1940s or ‘50s — and the media practices of the era, the godding-up of famous athletes and the whitewashing of their flaws, would have allowed him to be painted as a colorful bon vivant, entertaining but harmless.
Saraiva is a Renaissance man in a way only our age could produce: graffiti artist/magazine editor/club owner/bon vivant.
Alsop was known as a bon vivant and a maverick, designing colorful and expressive modernist buildings that took playfulness to another level.
Just as white bons vivants had been cultivating (some might say appropriating) black Harlem for generations, the straights and A-listers heading to Theater Four in their limos helped carry the news, like a virus, back with them.
Before his brothers were killed, Ted Kennedy was the third wheel — a rude, ruddy bon vivant in contrast to the austere Bobby and polished Jack.
Gary was also a renaissance man, a bon vivant, a cosmopolitan player, a walking encyclopedia of music history, a writer, a blogger, a DJ and more.
Dressed in a black suit, Cain is portrayed by Thomas Watts, a descendent of Mobile bon vivant Louis Diemert.
But in the retellings of the legend, the focus is often on only the murders -- or on the farcical letter published in the local press in 1919 as a manifesto from a jazz-loving bon vivant who just so happened to be a serial killer.
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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."
BON VIVANT Defined for English Language Learners
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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