noun, plural beaux-es·prits [boh-zes-pree] /boʊ zɛsˈpri/. French.
Examples from the Web for bel-esprit
What we commonly understand in French by "esprit," "bel-esprit," "trait d'esprit," are—ingenious thoughts.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 10 (of 10)|Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
And that father of hers, with his doubtful past and his cruelties, and the bel-esprit her mother, with her doubtful reputation.Resurrection|Leo Tolstoy
Madame de Pompadour joked my companion about her 'bel-esprit', but sometimes she reposed confidence in her.The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete|Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe
One evening he took me with him to a literary renion, at which every bel-esprit of the capital was to be present.
He was a statesman, a bel-esprit, a virtuoso, and a connoisseur.The Monarchs of the Main, Volume I (of 3)|Walter Thornbury