bon vivant

[bon vee-vahnt; French bawn vee-vahn]

noun, plural bons vi·vants [bon vee-vahnts; French bawn vee-vahn] /ˈbɒn viˈvɑnts; French bɔ̃ viˈvɑ̃/.

a person who lives luxuriously and enjoys good food and drink.

Origin of bon vivant

From French Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bon vivant

Historical Examples of bon vivant

  • In the first seven verses of this discourse, I cannot help seeing a gentle allusion to Schopenhauer's habits as a bon-vivant.

    Thus Spake Zarathustra

    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • He has the air of a bon-vivant, and speaks English extremely well.

    Hushed Up

    William Le Queux

  • "Well, I am content rather to live than to contemplate life," said the bon-vivant.

    Tales From Bohemia

    Robert Neilson Stephens

  • He once bluntly told a bon-vivant gentleman to “Live on sixpence a day, and earn it!”

  • He was a Whig without rancour, and a bon-vivant without selfishness.

    A Book about Doctors

    John Cordy Jeaffreson

British Dictionary definitions for bon vivant

bon vivant

noun plural bons vivants (bɔ̃ vivɑ̃)

a person who enjoys luxuries, esp good food and drinkAlso called (but not in French): bon viveur (ˌbɒn viːˈvɜː)

Word Origin for bon vivant

literally: good living (man)
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Word Origin and History for bon vivant

also bon-vivant, "one fond of good living," 1690s, French (see bon); the fem. is bonne vivante.

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