noun, plural bons vi·vants [bon vee-vahnts; French bawn vee-vahn] /ˈbɒn viˈvɑnts; French bɔ̃ viˈvɑ̃/.
Origin of bon vivant
Examples from the Web for 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
noun plural bons vivants (bɔ̃ vivɑ̃)
Word Origin for bon vivant
Word Origin and History for bon vivant
also bon-vivant, "one fond of good living," 1690s, French (see bon); the fem. is bonne vivante.