Definition of c'est la vie in English:

c'est la vie

exclamation

  • Used to express acceptance or resignation in the face of a difficult or unpleasant situation.

    ‘if you get thwarted, c'est la vie’
    • ‘I am a vegetarian myself and for some reason people are always trying to define it by asking me what I do and do not eat - I cant say I do this to meat eaters but c'est la vie.’
    • ‘Well, actually dawn was awhile ago, but c'est la vie.’
    • ‘Oh well, c'est la vie, I guess, but you don't know the half of it.’
    • ‘I'm going to be experimenting with things a little over the coming weeks, so, I can't guarantee that there won't be a certain level of brokenness of things, but, sure, c'est la vie.’
    • ‘By all means take your time, and if he doesn't see it that way, c'est la vie.’
    • ‘If that means we lose the ‘Approved’ interview, c'est la vie.’’
    • ‘I wish I was able to take photographs, but c'est la vie.’
    • ‘It would have been nice to see more episodes with commentary tracks, especially with the rest of the cast, but c'est la vie.’
    • ‘Ah well, c'est la vie, it's back to reading Freud for me.’
    • ‘I really was hurt that she had to leave in such a sudden fashion, but c'est la vie.’
    • ‘I spent most of yesterday's afternoon measuring, cutting and nailing a dozen cedar two-by-fours into a bench-like shape… It's supposed to be redwood, but c'est la vie…’
    • ‘That's not a very romantic vision to propound right after Valentine's Day, but, as they say on the Continent, c'est la vie.’
    • ‘And if for expressing my concerns some choose not to love me… c'est la vie!’
    • ‘Anyway, we have to fudge some, accept some bad things… c'est la vie.’
    • ‘They make you feel rich, and Lord knows, with the economy as it is at present, the only way that I'm going to feel rich is while looking at the view, but c'est la vie…’
    • ‘The indifferent will shrug their shoulders with a nonchalant c'est la vie.’
    • ‘I kinda wish now I woulda watched it when it was on… but… c'est la vie.’
    • ‘Oh well, c'est la vie, and it's all a part of the game.’
    • ‘We finished very strongly, but one place down from the podium - c'est la vie…’
    • ‘However, I can't complain about this - I messed up the generous question, but c'est la vie.’

Origin

French, literally ‘that's life’.

Pronunciation

c'est la vie

/ˌseɪ lɑːˈviː//sɛ la vi/