dolce vita

dol·​ce vi·​ta | \ ˌdōl-chā-ˈvē-(ˌ)tä How to pronounce dolce vita (audio) \

Definition of dolce vita

: a life of indolence and self-indulgence

called also la dolce vita

Examples of dolce vita in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While Dubrovnik, 400 miles down the coast, is suffering from overtourism (thanks, Game of Thrones!), Istria gives visitors that Mediterranean dolce vita without the crowds. Mary Winston Nicklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "Istria Has All the Beauty of the Mediterranean and None of Croatia's Crowds," 16 Aug. 2019 There may not be any jewels in these films, but there’s plenty of envy-worthy Italian dolce vita. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Watch Women Explain Working in Male-Dominated Fields," 27 Apr. 2018 Happily, the main attractions are still the drowsy dolce vita atmosphere, great seafood restaurants—don’t miss Osteria il Principe e il Pirata—and the stunning views: of Elephant’s Arch and, on a clear day, Tunisia. Alexander Lobrano, Town & Country, "The Ultimate Mediterranean Bucket List," 2 June 2017

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First Known Use of dolce vita

1961, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dolce vita

Italian, literally, sweet life

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“Dolce vita.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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