Definition of joie de vivre in US English:

joie de vivre


  • Exuberant enjoyment of life.

    ‘they seem to be filled with joie de vivre’
    count noun ‘she had been gripped with a joie de vivre that hitherto had been completely missing from her life’
    • ‘We will remember Liza, her beautiful smile and joie de vivre, and strive to model ourselves on her positive outlook.’
    • ‘Arts provide fine remastering and an up to the minute recording that truly encompasses the spirit and joie de vivre of these performances.’
    • ‘‘Denise is lovely, full of vitality and joie de vivre,’ she adds.’
    • ‘Other times, the day shows benevolence and gives you a freephone number for your day, filling you with joie de vivre and pizzazz.’
    • ‘We've completed three years, and in keeping with the spirit of joie de vivre, the channel's look too has evolved.’
    • ‘Yet there is a good humour and joie de vivre that is often missing at the more formal Ascot meeting.’
    • ‘‘He is an experienced scientist who has joie de vivre,’ says Kennard.’
    • ‘Today, that spirit shines through in his live show, where he is truly able to showcase every ounce of his good-natured charm and joie de vivre.’
    • ‘But it's her wonderfully innocent joie de vivre and youthful exuberance that captured my heart.’
    • ‘There was free and uninhibited dancing and a spirit of joie de vivre among the artists, who have an attractive stage presence.’
    • ‘But she doesn't help her cause much when she repeatedly telegraphs her character's joie de vivre by bounding rabbitlike into scenes.’
    • ‘Scarlatti's Sinfonia's are entertaining works, full of the zest and joie de vivre that is attributed to late baroque Italian music.’
    • ‘And when that happens, Indonesia's left-for-dead film industry will suddenly show joie de vivre once again.’
    • ‘Red is for passion, red is for exuberance, red is for pure energy and joie de vivre.’
    • ‘‘He was bouncy, ebullient and filled with joie de vivre,’ said Daley.’
    • ‘And Pakistan played some memorable cricket with youthful zest and joie de vivre.’
    • ‘A rapport arises between them and over a few days, they hit the town together, each rediscovering their joie de vivre and zest for life.’
    • ‘A lot has been made of their euphoric, ecstatic joie de vivre, but I have to say that mainly I find the overall tone rather irritating.’
    • ‘One of fashion's most sought-after and charismatic photographers, Mario Testino's name is synonymous with images of glamour, style and joie de vivre.’
    • ‘Compared with the composer's own reading, it lacks brightness, gaiety, joie de vivre if you will.’
    gaiety, cheerfulness, cheeriness, merriment, light-heartedness, happiness, joy, joyfulness, joyousness, delight, pleasure, high spirits, spiritedness, jollity, jolliness, joviality, exuberance, ebullience, liveliness, vivacity, enthusiasm, enjoyment, verve, gusto, relish, animation, effervescence, sparkle, buoyancy, sprightliness, jauntiness, zest, zestfulness
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French, literally ‘joy of living’.


joie de vivre

/ˌZHwä də ˈvēvrə//ˌʒwɑ də ˈvivrə/