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joie de vivre

[zhwaduh vee-vruh]
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noun French.
  1. a delight in being alive; keen, carefree enjoyment of living.
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Origin of joie de vivre

literally, joy of living
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Related Words for joie de vivre

gaiety, delight, enjoyment, happiness, joy, lightheartedness, merriment, joviality, joyfulness, spiritedness

British Dictionary definitions for joie de vivre

joie de vivre

  1. joy of living; enjoyment of life; ebullience
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Word Origin and History for joie de vivre


1889, French, literally "joy of living."

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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.”

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