noun, plural bons vi·vants [bon vee-vahnts; French bawn vee-vahn] /ˈbɒn viˈvɑnts; French bɔ̃ viˈvɑ̃/.
Origin of bon vivant
Related Words for bon vivantconnoisseur, aficionado, enthusiast, epicure, epicurean, gastronome, gourmand, gourmet, gastronomist
Examples from the Web for bon vivant
Historical Examples of bon vivant
He has the air of a bon-vivant, and speaks English extremely well.Hushed Up
William Le Queux
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
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
However, the Mayor was a bon-vivant, and I do not wish to have a better set of bins to pick from.The Exploits Of Brigadier Gerard
Arthur Conan Doyle
noun plural bons vivants (bɔ̃ vivɑ̃)
Word Origin for bon vivant
also bon-vivant, "one fond of good living," 1690s, French (see bon); the fem. is bonne vivante.