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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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British Dictionary definitions for bel esprit

bel esprit

noun plural beaux esprits (boz ɛspri)
  1. a witty or clever person
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Word Origin

literally: fine wit
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