[ zhwee-sahnns ]

  1. pleasure; enjoyment: The chef’s original impulse for jouissance in food, as well as in life, came from his parents, who were always cooking and experimenting with different flavors.

  2. the use or exercise of a right, especially property rights.

Origin of jouissance

First recorded in 1480–90; from Old French, equivalent to jouiss-, stem of jouir “to enjoy” + -ance

Words Nearby jouissance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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