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joie de vivre

[zhwaduh vee-vruh] /ʒwadə ˈvi vrə/
noun, French.
a delight in being alive; keen, carefree enjoyment of living.
Origin of joie de vivre
literally, joy of living Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Many of them still possessed an amazing amount of the joie de vivre.

    December Love Robert Hichens
  • Lola Montez learned in Paris what was meant by the joie de vivre.

    Lola Montez Edmund B. d'Auvergne
  • She saw that his natural gayety and joie de vivre, long subdued, were again welling up within him.

    Colorado Jim

    George Goodchild
  • She was Danish by birth, and the Danes, unlike the Norwegians, have a large supply of good spirits and the joie de vivre.

    Katharine Frensham Beatrice Harraden
  • Delancey is overflowing with joie de vivre, with curiosity, with a certainty of imminent adventure.

    Balloons Elizabeth Bibesco
  • The seventh lamp, which goes as naturally with idealism as care and patience go with naturalism, is joy, joie de vivre.

  • She was noted for her gaiety and joie de vivre and for the energy with which she pursued enjoyment.

    The Way of Ambition Robert Hichens
  • The whole work is a convincing example of Brahms's vitality and "joie de vivre."

    Music: An Art and a Language Walter Raymond Spalding
British Dictionary definitions for joie de vivre

joie de vivre

/ʒwa də vivrə/
joy of living; enjoyment of life; ebullience
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for joie de vivre

1889, French, literally "joy of living."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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joie de vivre in Culture
joie de vivre [(zhwah duh veev-ruh, veev)]

A love of life. From French, meaning “joy of living.”

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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