Definition of vive la difference in English:

vive la difference


  • An expression of approval of difference, especially that between the sexes.

    • ‘Certainly, there are differences between men and women - and vive la difference!’
    • ‘It has been used by too many wineries to mask the shortcomings in a poorly made wine, but ultimately it is a personal choice, so vive la difference.’
    • ‘But whether Dumas classic or dumbass fun, both sides of the coin denote equal entertainment value; vive la difference.’
    • ‘It was a case of vive la difference in Holt on Sunday as families beat the Boxing Day blues with the annual boules tournament.’
    • ‘All these books were translated into English and presumably found audiences in the States, who themselves could say with approval then - vive la difference.’


From French vive la différence, literally ‘long live the difference’.


vive la difference

/ˌviːv lɑː ˌdɪfəˈrɒns/