Definition of douceur de vivre in English:

douceur de vivre

(also douceur de vie)


  • [mass noun] A way of living that is pleasant and free from worries.

    ‘the douceur de vivre enjoyed in the country houses of the very rich’
    • ‘It manifests douceur de vivre and ad-hocism: there are, for instance, the oddest lights which are like translucent orange flowerpots.’
    • ‘Many of us are still tempted to think of traditional French culture as the ultimate in civilisation and douceur de vivre.’
    • ‘Objectives are equable climate, general douceur de vie and an absence of riff-raff.’
    • ‘He is so wedded to his ideal of douceur de vivre that he works to make it happen for all who pass his hearth.’


French, literally sweetness of living (or life).


douceur de vivre

/French dusœʀ də vivʀ//duːˌsəː də ˈviːvr(ə)/