Definition of bon viveur in English:

bon viveur


  • another term for bon vivant
    • ‘The bon viveur should not expect a limitless good life.’
    • ‘He studied law and economics before graduating at 20 and starting a career as a film writer and self-styled bon viveur.’
    • ‘In a very modest, middle-class, Midlands kind of way, he was a bon viveur - he enjoyed his whisky, fine wines and Sombrane cigarettes.’
    • ‘Herbert was a bon viveur who loved fast cars, foreign travel, fine wines, mountain air, and genial company.’
    • ‘He was a man of leisure, a noted bon viveur, and suffered badly from gout.’
    • ‘He remained a critic of censorship, a bon viveur, and a raffish wit.’
    • ‘To these might be added his reputation as a bon viveur and raconteur par excellence.’
    • ‘He was a bon viveur who drank and smoked even though he had asthma as well as heart trouble.’
    • ‘And in an age when hairdressing salons are a bit like assembly lines it's refreshing to meet a real raconteur and bon viveur.’
    • ‘They actively seek thrills in dangerous sports and tend to be bons viveurs who live in the moment and, like Epimetheus, take little account of the future.’
    hedonist, pleasure seeker, pleasure lover, sensualist, sybarite, voluptuary
    epicure, epicurean, gourmet, gourmand, gastronome, connoisseur
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Mid 19th century: pseudo-French, from French bon good and viveur a living person, on the pattern of bon vivant.


bon viveur

/bɒ̃ viːˈvəː/