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  • n. Plural form of viveur.


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  • From being volatile rebels, the lazzari became the ragged bon viveurs who so fascinated the Grand Tourists.


  • He had every right to deny poseurs, charlatans and bon viveurs who never produced the work they talked about.

    Orwell and Bohemia

  • They are known to be keen hands, _viveurs_, jolly good fellows withal, and, moreover, men who can wrestle with wethers ten hours a day (no light task on the muscles) and yet have spirit to dance and play all night.

    Lippincott's Magazine, October 1885

  • He had formerly been one of the most noted lions and _viveurs_ of Stockholm, but had latterly taken to himself a beautiful wife, and had become a more settled character; though his exuberant spirits and love of enjoyment still remained, and rendered him the gayest and most agreeable of travelling companions.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Vol 58, No. 357, July 1845

  • They were _bons viveurs_, in the intensest meaning of the words.

    Tell England A Study in a Generation

  • After a dejeuner fit for the most exacting of bon viveurs we sat in that courtyard and smoked, while an ancient waiter served us with coffee that dripped through silver percolators into our glasses.

    A Traveller in War-Time

  • Now go to your brewers, your wine merchants, your champagne touts, your fool undergraduates, your clubmen, your guzzling viveurs -- and they'll all tell you the contrary.

    The Danger Mark

  • Where we fail, many of us, is in the elaborateness of our pleasures, in the fact that we learn to be connoisseurs rather than viveurs, in losing our taste for the ancient wholesome activities and delights.

    Joyous Gard

  • A party of heedless _viveurs_ and _demoiselles_ of the half-world were enjoying themselves together as in the palmy imperial days.

    My Days of Adventure The Fall of France, 1870-71

  • However, we are describing, not choice spirits or chartered _viveurs_, but the blameless Minister, whose whole life during the Parliamentary session is the undeviating and conscientious discharge of official duty; and he, when he lays his head upon his respectable pillow any time after

    Collections and Recollections


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