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beaux esprits

[ boh zes-pree ]
/ boʊ zɛsˈpri /
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noun French.
plural of bel esprit: In an era ironically called the Enlightenment, these young women were discouraged from becoming beaux esprits.
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Origin of beaux esprits

First recorded in 1630–40; see origin at bel esprit
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