Definition of bon vivant in English:

bon vivant


  • A person who devotes themselves to a sociable and luxurious lifestyle.

    ‘he was a diplomat, bon vivant, and womanizer par excellence’
    • ‘He plays the role with a wry detachment, his Dex a bon vivant who's messing with his ex-wife's wedding just to amuse himself.’
    • ‘Her role is that of a Hollywood bon vivant and self-styled silver-screen gossip.’
    • ‘After a trip to Paris, he returned to the U.S., where he assumed a vice-presidency at the insurance company and life as a bon vivant and sportsman.’
    • ‘To the end, Mrs. Child maintained her image as the ultimate bon vivant, a California girl with easy French tastes.’
    • ‘Mr. Mari is a madcap bon vivant who likes the ladies - or at least, that's the initial impression he gives.’
    • ‘On the surface, he is a refined bon vivant; yet, in disguise, he is an internationally renowned jewel thief.’
    • ‘A bon vivant, and one who will live long and think well.’
    • ‘Jack becomes a regular bon vivant, painting tasteful nudes in his California art studio and writing books on ancient humanities.’
    • ‘The implication is that he is a bon vivant, a dashing man of high fashion and culture who disarms both lovers and enemies with charm, intellect, and refined tastes.’
    • ‘A bon vivant who piloted his own plane and hosted royalty aboard his yacht, Freddy had an adman's pizzazz.’
    hedonist, sensualist, pleasure seeker, pleasure lover, sybarite, voluptuary
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Late 17th century: from French, literally ‘person living well’, from bon ‘good’ and vivre ‘to live’.


bon vivant

/bɒ̃ viːˈvɒ̃//bɔ̃ vivɑ̃/