vive la différence

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from French, literally “long live the difference”, from vive(long live) + la(the) + différence(difference, diversity).

PronunciationEdit

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌvivə lɑ ˌdɪfəˈrɑns/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌviːv lɑː ˌdɪfəˈrɒns/

PhraseEdit

vive la différence

  1. (often humorous) Used to express appreciation of diversity, especially between the sexes.
    • 2001 November 1, Sandra Díaz; Marcelo Cabido, “Vive la différence: plant functional diversity matters to ecosystem processes”, in Trends in Ecology & Evolution[1], volume 16, number 11, pages 646–655:

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  • (Discuss(+) this sense) Often used as a humorous exclamation (e.g., by a man appreciating an attractive woman).

FrenchEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /viv la di.fe.ʁɑ̃s/

PhraseEdit

vive la différence

  1. vive la différence, long live the difference (used to express appreciation of diversity)