Definition of douceur de vivre in English:

douceur de vivre

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Pronunciation: /duːˌsəː də ˈviːvr(ə)
 
, dusœʀ də vivʀ/
(also douceur de vie /viː, vi/)

noun

[mass noun]
  • A way of living that is pleasant and free from worries: the douceur de vivre enjoyed in the country houses of the very rich
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    • 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

French, literally 'sweetness of living (or life)'.

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