Definition of douceur de vivre in English:

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douceur de vivre

Pronunciation: /do͞oˌsər də ˈvēvrə/

noun

A way of living that is pleasant and free from worries.
Example sentences
  • Objectives are equable climate, general douceur de vie and an absence of riff-raff.
  • It manifests douceur de vivre and ad-hocism: there are, for instance, the oddest lights which are like translucent orange flowerpots.
  • Many of us are still tempted to think of traditional French culture as the ultimate in civilisation and douceur de vivre.

Origin

Mid 20th century: French, literally 'sweetness of living (or life)'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: dou·ceur de vi·vre

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