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beaux-esprits

[boh-zes-pree]
noun French.
  1. plural of bel-esprit.
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bel-esprit

[bel-es-pree]
noun, plural beaux-es·prits [boh-zes-pree] /boʊ zɛsˈpri/. French.
  1. a person of great wit or intellect.
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Historical Examples of beaux-esprits

  • I perceive here will be a wit-combat between these beaux-esprits.

    Three Hours after Marriage

    John Gay

  • The fourth or Byzantine style of epigrammatic composition was cultivated by the beaux-esprits of the court of Justinian.

  • Another source of torment to me not less considerable was that of the beaux-esprits of the Ulemas of the city of Khiva.