dolce far niente

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Italian dolce far niente (literally sweet doing nothing, sweet idleness).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌdɒltʃeɪ ˌfɑː nɪˈɛnteɪ/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌdoʊltʃeɪ ˌfɑɹ niˈɛnteɪ/, /ˌdoʊltʃi ˌfɑɹ niˈɛnti/
  • Rhymes: -ɛnti
  • Hyphenation: dol‧ce far nien‧te

Noun[edit]

dolce far niente (uncountable)

  1. Sheer indulgent relaxation and blissful laziness, the enjoyment of idleness.
    • 1882, W.S. Gilbert, Iolanthe
      This gentleman is seen, / With a maid of seventeeen, / A-taking of his dolce far niente; / And wonders he'd achieve, / For he asks us to believe / She's his mother—and he's nearly five-and-twenty!

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally “sweet doing nothing, sweet idleness”.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

dolce far niente m (uncountable)

  1. dolce far niente (enjoyment of idleness)
    Hypernyms: ozio

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