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[spir-i-choo-el; French spee-ree-tyel] /ˌspɪr ɪ tʃuˈɛl; French spi riˈtüɛl/
showing or having a refined and graceful mind or wit.
light and airy in movement; ethereal.
Origin of spirituel
1665-75; < French: literally, spiritual Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • One reads that the Béarnais are "irascible, jealous, and spirituel."

    The Automobilist Abroad

    M. F. (Milburg Francisco) Mansfield
  • They are more than witty, they are spirituel; and they have more than talent, they have taste.

  • And Walter—the pretty boy, so spirituel, with his black velvet frock and short sleeves tied with scarlet ribbon—where was he?

  • They meet and read papers on technical subjects, but have little interest in anything natural or spirituel.

    Life in a Railway Factory Alfred Williams
  • From 1827 to 1832 there was only one performance of a Beethoven Symphony at the spirituel concerts.

    Frederic Chopin, v. 1 (of 2) Moritz Karasowski
  • When G. (who is not spirituel) said, turning over leaves for the young ladies, "that and that are killed" I turned so sick!

  • His expressive, spirituel, open countenance rather reminded me of the oldest of the Coquelins.

    My Recollections Jules Massenet
  • Then one perceived a man of thirty-six years or thereabouts; his features were fine, noble and spirituel.

    The Barber of Paris Charles Paul de Kock
  • In evening company he sets his face In most spirituel positions, And declaims before the ladies My god-like compositions.

    Canzoni & Ripostes Ezra Pound
  • He was as spirituel as Talleyrand himself, and almost as clear-sighted and profound.

British Dictionary definitions for spirituel


having a refined and lively mind or wit Also (feminine) spirituelle (ˌspɪrɪtjʊˈɛl)
Word Origin
C17: from French
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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