Meaning of “bon vivant” in the English Dictionary

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bon vivantnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌbɔ̃ːŋ viˈvɑ̃ːŋ/ us /ˌbɑːn viːˈvɑːnt/ plural bons vivants UK also bon viveur, uk /ˌbɔ̃ːŋ.vi.ˈvɜːr/ us /ˌbɑːn.viːˈvɝː/ plural bons viveurs

Examples from literature

  • In figure he was tall, with a tendency already manifested to put on flesh, good-looking, genial and sympathetic in manner, a bon vivant, passionately fond of dancing and society, an excellent talker or listener as the occasion demanded. 
  • In short, the cardinal was a man of wit, and what is called a bon vivant. 
  • The idea of the pangs of hunger and the sight of starvation and deprivation may have been the more repugnant to Colonel Grant since he was himself famous as a bon vivant and gourmet. 
  • The worthy man seems to have had the amiable infirmities of a bon vivant. 

(Definition of “bon vivant” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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