joie de vivre

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.

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Andelman will curate a section of the Nike Unlaced website, bringing the joie de vivre and irreverence of her former store, Colette, into the activewear and athletic space. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Nike Announces Collaborations with Martine Rose, Ambush’s Yoon, and Sarah Andelman," 29 Sep. 2018 Embrace the beauty of this lunation French Girl Rose Lip Polish, an elegant scrub that buffs your pout to joie de vivre perfection. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What October's Aquarius Horoscope Means for You," 30 Sep. 2018 For so long, France—the land of baguettes, the Louvre, and joie de vivre—has been the most popular tourist destination in the world. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "By 2030, This Will Be The Most Visited Country in the World," 8 Nov. 2018 But on the other side of its signature joie de vivre, 5 can become restless and impatient. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The Basics of Numerology: How to Calculate Your Life Path and Destiny Numbers," 16 July 2018 For all his joie de vivre and bluster, Willy is a man out of his depth in playing himself. WSJ, "‘Colette’ Review: Literary History With a Modern Flavor," 20 Sep. 2018 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

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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

formal : a feeling of happiness or excitement about life

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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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