Pronunciation: [da(n) du buh neur] [da(n) deu la sha(n)s]
Meaning: gap between front teeth, diastema
Literal translation: lucky teeth
Notes: The synonymous French expressions
dents du bonheur and dents de la chance refer to the gap some people have between their front teeth.
In many countries, diastema is considered a flaw to be corrected, but the French have long found it attractive and desirable, believing—as the names indicate—that it brings luck. In 2010, the French media proclaimed that gapped teeth were more fashionable than ever:
- À qui sont ces "dents de la chance" ? (L'Express)
- Souriez, vos dents du bonheur sont à la mode ! (Le Parisien)