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bon vi·vant

 (bôN′ vē-väN′)
n. pl. bons vi·vants (bôN′ vē-väN′)
A person with refined taste, especially one who enjoys superb food and drink.

[French : bon, good + vivant, present participle of vivre, to live.]

bon vivant

(bɔ̃ vivɑ̃)
n, pl bons vivants (bɔ̃ vivɑ̃)
a person who enjoys luxuries, esp good food and drink. Also called (but not in French): bon viveur
[literally: good living (man)]

bon vi•vant

(Fr. bɔ̃ viˈvɑ̃)

pl. bons vi•vants (Fr. bɔ̃ viˈvɑ̃)
a person who lives luxuriously and enjoys good food and drink.
[< French]

bon vivant

A French phrase meaning good living, used to mean someone who enjoys the best in food and drink.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bon vivant - a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment (especially good food and drink)bon vivant - a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment (especially good food and drink)
sensualist - a person who enjoys sensuality

bon vivant

noun bon viveur, gourmet, connoisseur, foodie (informal), epicurean, hedonist, pleasure-seeker, epicure, gastronome, voluptuary, luxurist a garrulous book collector and bon vivant
abstainer, celibate, ascetic, self-denier
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The count's tutor, a man of the world and a bon vivant, up to his eyes in learning, as his pupil described him, often recalled the profound erudition, the witty and caustic satire of Athos to Raoul; but as regarded grace, delicacy, and nobility of external appearance, no one in these points was to be compared to the Comte de la Fere.
Grant is most kind and obliging to me, and though he is really a gentleman, and, I dare say, a good scholar and clever, and often preaches good sermons, and is very respectable, I see him to be an indolent, selfish bon vivant, who must have his palate consulted in everything; who will not stir a finger for the convenience of any one; and who, moreover, if the cook makes a blunder, is out of humour with his excellent wife.
Athelney Jones proved to be a sociable soul in his hours of relaxation, and face his dinner with the air of a bon vivant.
Murray was, by all accounts, a blustering, roystering, country squire: a devoted fox-hunter, a skilful horse-jockey and farrier, an active, practical farmer, and a hearty bon vivant.
K- was a BON VIVANT as well as an accomplished teacher; he liked a sly illusion no less than a careful preparation.
The doctor, whose cook was not satisfactory, the curate, who kept no cook, and the mining agent, who was a great bon vivant, even began to rely on Freely for the greater part of their dinner, when they wished to give an entertainment of some brilliancy.
Naturally, the tasting room has become a stop for bon vivants in the know.
Other notable residents of the full-service building include fashion and design world bon vivants Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler and--coincidentally enough--Mr.
Solsolet Tapas will be bringing their authentic Spanish and Mediterranean snacks for visitors to try while their German Schwenkgrille will provide bon vivants with the chance to enjoy the true taste of Germany through the amazing avours of bratwurst, currywurst and more.
All it takes is a few episodes of Mad Men, and a whole posse of ad people gets all dewy-eyed at the thought of "the good old days", shaking their heads at how terrible it has become and how those pion- eering, entrepreneurial bon vivants have become nothing more than Bad Men.
Ed Moose fell in love with the saloon business in Gaslight Square, married it in San Francisco and became that city's premier host to athletes and journalists, bon vivants of all ages, social standing and economic position and, basically, anyone who liked to drink, eat and talk.