from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Hearty or carefree enjoyment of life.

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  • n. Enjoyment of living; happiness, ebullience, zest for life.

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  • n. a keen enjoyment of living


French : joie, joy + de, of + vivre, to live, living.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French joie de vivre literally "joy of living". (Wiktionary)


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  • Etymology: French, literally, joy of living
    keen or buoyant enjoyment of life

    January 22, 2008