dolce vita


dol·​ce vi·​ta ˌdōl-chā-ˈvē-(ˌ)tä How to pronounce dolce vita (audio)
: a life of indolence and self-indulgence

called also la dolce vita

Examples of dolce vita in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Per Andreatta, Italian cinema’s glorious dolce vita boom had also left a bitter aftertaste by way of cultural stereotypes that lingered for years. Ben Croll, Variety, 13 Oct. 2023 With its la nuova dolce vita tagline, the coupe marked a sea change in the automaker’s design language, led by an embrace of sensuality at the hand of Ferrari’s head of design, Flavio Manzoni. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, 27 Sep. 2023 Their guests wandered into a dolce vita wonderland: Dancers stood on ladders in yellow tulle-train skirts while waiters passed around Aperol spritzes with the healthiest of pours. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 27 June 2023 The 12-mile strip on Tuscany’s coast, a short drive from Lucca, is an unadulterated high-end hideaway minted at the height of Italy’s dolce vita fame. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 15 June 2023 All the better and easier to enjoy your daily dose of vintage dolce vita. Matthew Skwarczek, Car and Driver, 29 May 2023 Try the signature penne dolce vita, with a shrimp and zucchini sauce or the linguini with calamari, octopus, squid, and shrimp. Judy Koutsky, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2023 For a dolce vita experience like no other, the answer is always the exquisite Villa d'Este, the grandest dame here. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 28 Feb. 2023 The ultimate dolce vita experience. Rose Minutaglio, ELLE, 28 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History


Italian, literally, sweet life

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dolce vita was in 1961

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“Dolce vita.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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