dolce far niente

dol·​ce far nien·​te | \ ˈdōl-chē-ˌfär-nē-ˈen-tē How to pronounce dolce far niente (audio) \

Definition of dolce far niente

: pleasant relaxation in carefree idleness

Examples of dolce far niente in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It's rumpled in the dolce far niente way, not in the I'm-a-schlub manner. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, 19 June 2021 The secret to its longevity, then and now, is a steadfast commitment to the idea of dolce far niente, the elysian pleasantness of doing absolutely nothing except enjoying yourself. Spencer Bailey, Town & Country, 28 Mar. 2021 Borrowing from the downtime that the Italians call dolce far niente (the sweetness of doing nothing), the act of cooking a meal can encourage a wandering mind. Annemarie Dooling, WSJ, 16 Mar. 2021 Life has a rhythm of its own here, deliciously slow and languid, the kind of dolce far niente (the sweetness of doing nothing) that makes for the very best kind of holiday. Skye Mcalpine, Vogue, 23 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of dolce far niente

1814, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dolce far niente

Italian, literally, sweet doing nothing

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