joie de vivre


joie de vi·​vre ˌzhwä-də-ˈvēvrᵊ How to pronounce joie de vivre (audio)
: keen or buoyant enjoyment of life
he radiates a vitalizing energy, the zest and gaiety of an inexhaustible joie de vivreRobert Kuttner

Examples of joie de vivre in a Sentence

She is admired for her energy and joie de vivre.
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Word History


French, literally, joy of living

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of joie de vivre was in 1889

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“Joie de vivre.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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