Definition of bon viveur in English:

bon viveur

Line breaks: bon viv¦eur
Pronunciation: /bɒ̃ viːˈvəː

noun (plural bon viveurs or bons viveurs pronounced same)

Another term for bon vivant.
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  • In a very modest, middle-class, Midlands kind of way, he was a bon viveur - he enjoyed his whisky, fine wines and Sombrane cigarettes.
  • The bon viveur should not expect a limitless good life.
  • They actively seek thrills in dangerous sports and tend to be bons viveurs who live in the moment and, like Epimetheus, take little account of the future.


mid 19th century: pseudo-French, from French bon 'good' and viveur 'a living person', on the pattern of bon vivant.

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