Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “c'est la vie”

See all translations

c'est la vie

exclamation uk   /ˌseɪ.læˈviː/ us  
used to say that situations of that type happen in life, and you cannot do anything about them: I can't go to the game on Saturday - I've got to work. Oh well, c'est la vie.
Translations of “c'est la vie”
in Chinese (Traditional) 生活就是如此,這就是生活…
in Chinese (Simplified) 生活就是如此,这就是生活…
(Definition of c'est la vie from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of c'est la vie?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day

justice

fairness in the way people are dealt with

Word of the Day

A certain je ne sais quoi: French words and phrases used in English

by Liz Walter,
January 21, 2015
It is an odd irony that the more sophisticated your use of English is, the more likely you are to use French words and phrases. Or, to be more accurate, ones you know to be French – words such as ballet, au pair, abattoir, fiancé, café, and restaurant are so entrenched in

Read More 

flower beard noun

January 19, 2015
a beard adorned with flowers And some of said beard-rockers are even turning it up a notch, painting trend on top of trend with what’s come to be known as ‘the flower beard.’

Read More