Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A Middle English form of joy.

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Examples

  • The French call it joie d 'vivre, and it was Sigmund's definition of success: "satisfaction in work and in love."

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  • There is certain "joie de vivre" in our province that has been given a tremendous boost in the past week.

    My Canada - Today and Tomorrow

  • I did keep coming back to what they called joie de vivre, wondering if there wasn’t something for me to learn and something for me to imitate and accept.

    Lightning Strikes

  • I suppose it's what the French would call joie de vivre.

    On loving Spain, Madrid but not Oates

  • But I did have what you French would call joie de vivre, I was fun.

    Bono On Bono

  • I have written this book because, in my business, I see a constant flow of Americans looking for that thing that the French call joie de vivre.

    JOIE DE VIVRE

  • Will into his 60s, he continued to act, direct and choreograph -- that's Kelly playing Noel Airman in "Marjorie Morningstar" (1958) -- and he demonstrated another kind of joie de vivre by marrying for the third time in 1990.

    Gene Kelly, All American

  • But for millions all over the world, the late Celia Cruz 'music - and life - stand as a powerful symbol of freedom, survival, acceptance and ... well, a kind of joie de vivre.

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  • While Dwight played with a joie de vivre, his pearly whites flashing throughout a game, Javaris was deadly serious.

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  • Here's an epic, completely awesome, high energy retro Zeppelin throwback band that makes your groin tingle and your inner hippie leather biker badass yelp for feral joy, a band whose swirling psychedelia, wailing vocals, crunchy guitars and sheer joie de vivre at being young and alive makes you want to bolt a fistful of whisky and grow your hair to your nipples and howl and the goddamn moon.

    Mark Morford: The Top 10 Most Awesome Albums of 2011

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