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Jul 2, 2014
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Words to describe people

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mossback
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bon vivant
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bon vivant

PRONUNCIATION:
(BAHN vee-VAHNT, BON* vee-VAN*)
[* these syllables are nasal]

MEANING:
noun: One who enjoys good things in life, especially good food and drink.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French, from bon (good) + vivant (a person living), from vivre (to live). Earliest documented use: 1695.

USAGE:
"The consumption culture has gone a long way in establishing Singapore as a watering hole of choice for the Asian bon vivant."
Uptown Pours; The Business Times (Singapore); Mar 18, 2011.

See more usage examples of bon vivant in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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