joie de vivre

joie de vi·​vre | \ˌzhwä-də-ˈvēvrᵊ \

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.

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Sporting a pair of oversized palazzo pants and a joie de vivre attitude, the model's fresh new chop and flirty-yet-polished fringe conveys sunny day undercurrents. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Says Yes to a New Brow-Grazing Set of Bangs," 13 Mar. 2018 Miss Brennan extolled the importance of fresh local ingredients and emphasized the joie de vivre of dining at Commander’s. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Ella Brennan, Grande Dame Restaurateur of New Orleans, Dies at 92," 1 June 2018 On each occasion, we were seated at the same table and I was struck both times at his friendliness and joie de vivre. Akhil Reed Amar, Time, "What Justice Kennedy's Legacy Could Mean for the Future of the Supreme Court," 29 June 2018 However, Mother’s men’s line does not forgo the sense of humor and trademark joie de vivre the brand is known for. Sari Anne Tuschman,, "Mother, a go-to L.A. denim brand, moves into a new fashion frontier by introducing a men’s line," 8 June 2018 His cynical joie de vivre, his puckish smile, his elevation of curiosity as a virtue. Southern Living, "All Southerners Will Appreciate How Anthony Bourdain Spent Atlanta Layovers," 11 June 2018 Instead, Marsha had this joie de vivre, a capacity to find joy in a world of suffering. Anne Branigin, The Root, "These Are the Women of Color Who Fought Both Sexism and the Racism of White Feminists," 15 Mar. 2018 Best known for her always cheerful, friendly, optimistic, and engaging personality, Anne's irrepressible vitality and contagious joie de vivre will be missed by all., "Anne Garrigues Wigton Hall," 11 Mar. 2018 Hughton was particularly pleased with Brighton's attacking joie de vivre., "Chris Hughton Says Swansea Played Into Brighton's Hands After Seagulls Run Riot at AMEX," 25 Feb. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of joie de vivre

: a feeling of happiness or excitement about life

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