Definition of joie de vivre in English:

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joie de vivre

Pronunciation: /ˌʒwɑː də ˈviːvr(ə)/
Pronunciation: /ʒwad vivʀ/


[mass noun]
Exuberant enjoyment of life: they seem to be filled with joie de vivre [count noun]: she had been gripped with a joie de vivre that hitherto had been completely missing from her life
More example sentences
  • ‘He was bouncy, ebullient and filled with joie de vivre,’ said Daley.
  • But it's her wonderfully innocent joie de vivre and youthful exuberance that captured my heart.
  • A lot has been made of their euphoric, ecstatic joie de vivre, but I have to say that mainly I find the overall tone rather irritating.
informal pep, zing, get-up-and-go, being full of the joys of spring, perkiness
literary gladsomeness, blitheness, blithesomeness


French, literally 'joy of living'.

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