Meaning of vive la difference in English:

vive la difference

Pronunciation /ˌviːv lɑː ˌdɪfəˈrɒns/


mainly humorous
  • An expression of approval of difference, especially that between the sexes.

    ‘Certainly, there are differences between men and women - and vive la difference!’
    • ‘All these books were translated into English and presumably found audiences in the States, who themselves could say with approval then - vive la difference.’
    • ‘It has been used by too many wineries to mask the shortcomings in a poorly made wine, but ultimately it is a personal choice, so vive la difference.’
    • ‘But whether Dumas classic or dumbass fun, both sides of the coin denote equal entertainment value; vive la difference.’
    • ‘It was a case of vive la difference in Holt on Sunday as families beat the Boxing Day blues with the annual boules tournament.’


From French vive la différence, literally ‘long live the difference’.