joie de vivre

[zhwaduh vee-vruh]

noun French.

a delight in being alive; keen, carefree enjoyment of living.

Origin of joie de vivre

literally, joy of living Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for joie de vivre

joie de vivre


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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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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