dolce far niente

noun
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 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, "Pistachio Pesto and Almond Granita: Skye McAlpine Discovers the Tastes of the Aeolian Islands," 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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“Dolce far niente.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dolce%20far%20niente?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=d&file=dolce_01. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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