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 Friends noted her joie de vivre, her insatiable curiosity and energy, her genuine interest in their lives and her delight in lively conversation. courant.com, "Jean M. Blanning," 12 Dec. 2019 The collections reflect the congenial joie de vivre of southern France: the playfulness, freedom, color and beauty that inspires artists to this day. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "French Riviera: Picasso, Renoir, Matisse and more stunning museums bring cultural richness," 24 Dec. 2019 But with youthful joie de vivre and moving gravitas, gorgeous piano work and a radiant voice, John was worth every penny at the Milwaukee stop, managing to outshine even his blinding legacy. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The 15 best Milwaukee concerts of 2019 (and the worst show of the year)," 9 Dec. 2019 Happily, both men share this quintessential joie de vivre. Beth Dunlop, ELLE Decor, "For the Fun of It," 8 Feb. 2010 Plummer brings a palpable joie de vivre to the role even when his character is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "Christopher Plummer on 'Knives Out' and tearing up the Nazi flag," 25 Nov. 2019 That context makes the song’s sense of joie de vivre even more meaningful. Kat Bein, Billboard, "First Spin: The Week's Best New Dance Tracks From Galantis With Dolly Parton & More," 25 Oct. 2019 Survival challenges but does not necessarily destroy the joie de vivre of the characters. Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Rocks': Film Review," 7 Oct. 2019 The fun, bass-heavy sound embraced the joie de vivre that typifies Abidjan, a city known for its legendary partying. Ciku Kimeria, Quartz Africa, "The legacy of DJ Arafat and how he took the Coupé Décalé sound to the world," 17 Aug. 2019

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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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“Joie de vivre.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/joie%20de%20vivre. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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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