Definition of bon vivant noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


bon vivant

BrE BrE//ˌbɒ̃ viːˈvɒ̃//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌbɑːn viːˈvɑːnt//
(also bon viveur
BrE BrE//ˌbɒ̃ viːˈvɜː(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌbɑːn viːˈvɜːr//
(from French)
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a person who enjoys going out with friends and eating good food, drinking good wine, etc. The plural forms can be bon vivants or bons vivants; bon viveurs or bons viveurs but the pronunciation is the same as the singular. Word Originlate 17th cent.: from French, literally ‘person living well’, from bon ‘good’ and vivre ‘to live’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bon vivant