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bon vivant Line breaks: bon viv¦ant
Pronunciation: /bɒ̃ viːˈvɒ̃/
Pronunciation: /bɔ̃ vivɑ̃/

Definition of bon vivant in English:

noun (plural bon vivants or bons vivants pronounced same)

A person who devotes themselves to a sociable and luxurious lifestyle: he was a diplomat, bon vivant, and womanizer par excellence
More example sentences
  • On the surface, he is a refined bon vivant; yet, in disguise, he is an internationally renowned jewel thief.
  • The implication is that he is a bon vivant, a dashing man of high fashion and culture who disarms both lovers and enemies with charm, intellect, and refined tastes.
  • Jack becomes a regular bon vivant, painting tasteful nudes in his California art studio and writing books on ancient humanities.

Origin

Late 17th century: from French, literally 'person living well', from bon 'good' and vivre 'to live'.

Words that rhyme with bon vivant

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