Meaning of douceur de vivre in English:

douceur de vivre

(also douceur de vie)

Pronunciation /duːˌsəː də ˈviːvr(ə)/ /dusœʀ də vivʀ/


mass noun
  • A way of living that is pleasant and free from worries.

    ‘the douceur de vivre enjoyed in the country houses of the very rich’
    • ‘Objectives are equable climate, general douceur de vie and an absence of riff-raff.’
    • ‘It manifests douceur de vivre and ad-hocism: there are, for instance, the oddest lights which are like translucent orange flowerpots.’
    • ‘Many of us are still tempted to think of traditional French culture as the ultimate in civilisation and douceur de vivre.’
    • ‘He is so wedded to his ideal of douceur de vivre that he works to make it happen for all who pass his hearth.’


French, literally ‘sweetness of living (or life)’.


douceur de vivre

/duːˌsəː də ˈviːvr(ə)/ /dusœʀ də vivʀ/