joie de vivre

noun
joie de vi·​vre | \ ˌzhwä-də-ˈvēvrᵊ How to pronounce joie de vivre (audio) \

Definition of joie de vivre

: keen or buoyant enjoyment of life he radiates a vitalizing energy, the zest and gaiety of an inexhaustible joie de vivre— Robert Kuttner

Examples of joie de vivre in a Sentence

She is admired for her energy and joie de vivre.
Recent Examples on the Web And the joie de vivre doesn’t have to be confined to the aforementioned regions of the country. Colleen Mcmillar, Better Homes & Gardens, "Everything You Need to Know About Carnival to Kick Off Mardi Gras Season," 23 Dec. 2020 Maybe the piece that encapsulates joie de vivre for you isn’t the Roly Poly. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "This Cult-Favorite Chair Is Finally on Sale," 27 Nov. 2020 He’s larger than life and twice as ugly, with brutish charm and homophobic, misogynistic joie de vivre in spades. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, "Review: An aspiring MMA fighter with a legendary father is ‘Embattled’ in more ways than one," 18 Nov. 2020 Oldman, who picked up an Oscar nearly three years ago for his turn as Winston Churchill in The Darkest Hour, leans gleefully into Mankiewicz's messy joie de vivre; a figure far too clever for his own good, and too self-aware not to know it. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "David Fincher (sort of) takes on a Hollywood legend in heady Netflix drama Mank: Review," 6 Nov. 2020 Bennett, the 94-year-old king of croon, radiates a gracious, classy charm and joie de vivre that compensate for the brevity of his performances. Jon Bream, Star Tribune, "At a big top in Fridley, 92-year-old singer shows her musical and comic mastery," 15 Oct. 2020 Six-feet-two-inches of wine-drinking Yankee joie de vivre, Child made sophistication accessible. Robert Lloyd, chicagotribune.com, "PBS is turning 50. Celebrate with our TV critic’s list of its 13 greatest shows," 8 Oct. 2020 But a handsome royal with designs on Margaret complicates the scenario, as does the arrival of Fiona, who has a joie de vivre as well as a troubled past. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "See first photos of Netflix's The Princess Switch: Switched Again," 7 Oct. 2020 Soriano’s joie de vivre rubbed off on Rizzo, while Shields’ bulldog mentality can now be seen in Giolito. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Column: The architects. The albatrosses. Even the Twitter gaffes. The White Sox and Cubs rebuilds have a lot in common.," 19 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of joie de vivre

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for joie de vivre

French, literally, joy of living

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The first known use of joie de vivre was in 1889

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10 Jan 2021

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“Joie de vivre.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/joie%20de%20vivre. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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joie de vivre

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English Language Learners Definition of joie de vivre

formal : a feeling of happiness or excitement about life

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