bel-esprit

[ bel-es-pree ]
/ bɛl ɛsˈpri /

noun, plural beaux-es·prits [boh-zes-pree] /boʊ zɛsˈpri/. French.

a person of great wit or intellect.

Nearby words

  1. bel and the dragon,
  2. bel canto,
  3. bel esprit,
  4. bel geddes, norman,
  5. bel paese,
  6. bel.,
  7. bela,
  8. belabor,
  9. belabor the point,
  10. belabour

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019


British Dictionary definitions for bel esprit

bel esprit

/ French (bɛl ɛspri) /

noun plural beaux esprits (boz ɛspri)

a witty or clever person

Word Origin for bel esprit

literally: fine wit

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012