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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It manifests douceur de vivre and ad-hocism: there are, for instance, the oddest lights which are like translucent orange flowerpots.’


French, literally ‘sweetness of living (or life)’.


douceur de vivre

/dusœʀ də vivʀ//duːˌsəː də ˈviːvr(ə)/