bonheur

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

bon +‎ heur. Compare Occitan bonaür.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /bɔ.nœʁ/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

bonheur m (plural bonheurs)

  1. happiness
    Antonym: malheur
    Pourquoi est-ce qu'on part en vacances? Pour le bonheur!
    Why do we go on vacation? To have a great time!
    La vie est trop courte. Le bonheur est ce qui compte vraiment.
    Life is too short. Happiness is what truly matters.

Usage notes[edit]

Abstract nouns (a noun denoting an idea, quality, or state rather than a concrete object) in French [like other Romance languages] use definite articles prior to the noun—unlike English. I.e. Le bonheur est nécessaire dans la vie = Happiness is necessary in life.

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