Definition of douceur de vivre in US English:

douceur de vivre


  • A way of living that is pleasant and free from worries.

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


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


douceur de vivre

/do͞oˌsər də ˈvēvrə/