- a person of great wit or intellect.
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Examples from the Web for bel-esprit
There was the blue-stocking lady, a mature belle and bel-esprit.Life Without and Life Within
He was a statesman, a bel-esprit, a virtuoso, and a connoisseur.The Monarchs of the Main, Volume I (of 3)</p>
And that father of hers, with his doubtful past and his cruelties, and the bel-esprit her mother, with her doubtful reputation.Resurrection
What we commonly understand in French by "esprit," "bel-esprit," "trait d'esprit," are—ingenious thoughts.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 10 (of 10)
Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
One evening he took me with him to a literary renion, at which every bel-esprit of the capital was to be present.