noun, plural bons vi·vants [bon vee-vahnts; French bawn vee-vahn] /ˈbɒn viˈvɑnts; French bɔ̃ viˈvɑ̃/.
- a person who lives luxuriously and enjoys good food and drink.
noun plural bons vivants (bɔ̃ vivɑ̃)
- a person who enjoys luxuries, esp good food and drinkAlso called (but not in French): bon viveur (ˌbɒn viːˈvɜː)
also bon-vivant, “one fond of good living,” 1690s, French (see bon); the fem. is bonne vivante.