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joie de vivre

[ zhwaduh -vee-vruh ]
/ ʒwadə ˈvi vrə /
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noun French.

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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British Dictionary definitions for joie de vivre

joie de vivre
/ French (ʒwa də vivrə) /

noun

joy of living; enjoyment of life; ebullience
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Cultural definitions for joie de vivre

joie de vivre
[ (zhwah duh veev-ruh, veev) ]

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

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