He was a statesman, a bel-esprit, a virtuoso, and a connoisseur.
And that father of hers, with his doubtful past and his cruelties, and the bel-esprit her mother, with her doubtful reputation.
What we commonly understand in French by "esprit," "bel-esprit," "trait d'esprit," are—ingenious thoughts.
One evening he took me with him to a literary renion, at which every bel-esprit of the capital was to be present.
There was the blue-stocking lady, a mature belle and bel-esprit.
Madame de Pompadour joked my companion about her 'bel-esprit', but sometimes she reposed confidence in her.