bon vivant

Word of the Day: Bon Vivant by :

Word of the Day : December 2, 2019
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noun bahn-vee-VAHNT


Definition

: a sociable person who has cultivated and refined tastes especially with respect to food and drink

Did You Know?

Fans of fine French wine and cuisine won’t be surprised to hear that the French language gave us a number of words for those who enjoy good living and good eating. Gourmet, gourmand, and gastronome come from French, as does bon vivant. In the late 17th century, English-speakers borrowed this French phrase, which literally means “good liver.” No, we don’t mean liver, as in the organ. We mean liver, as in “one who lives (in a specified way)”—in this case, “one who lives well.”




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