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.

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bel esprit
/ French (bɛl ɛspri) /

noun plural beaux esprits (boz ɛspri)

a witty or clever person

Word Origin for bel esprit

literally: fine wit
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